About Understanding and Protecting the Planet

Over the next few decades, communities, regions, governments and businesses around the world will need strategies for adaptation to climate change and other environmental hazards. Adaptation to such changes requires deep knowledge of the basic environmental forcing of change, as well as understanding of risk, economics, culture, societal structure, politics and other characteristics that will determine how individuals, businesses, societies and governments adapt. 

Adaptation will require creative engineering, scientific and social science and humanities solutions to these challenges. It also requires the extensive integration and merger of large data sets from all of these disciplines.

News

At a depth of 58 meters (190 feet), Paul Dayton with a camera flash unit in McMurdo Sound, 1968

How Marine Life Responds to Upheaval
Recent episode in Antarctica set off a chain of ecological events and offered a study in resilience

The amount of data readings, or profiles, made by Argo is nearly four times the number made before Argo's start 20 years ago

Argo Program Achieves Milestone with Two Million Ocean Measurements
Transformative network has enabled sweeping view of large-scale, long-duration changes in all the world’s oceans

SCMA co-director Tom Levy surveys the wreckage of a 4th Century BC shipwreck off Cyprus at more than 43 meters (140 feet) deep.

Research Highlight: New Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology Seeks Answers to the End of Civilizations
Ancient shorelines could hold answers to human migration in Mediterranean

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

How Marine Life Responds to Upheaval
Recent episode in Antarctica set off a chain of ecological events and offered a study in resilience

Argo Program Achieves Milestone with Two Million Ocean Measurements
Transformative network has enabled sweeping view of large-scale, long-duration changes in all the world’s oceans

Winters Becoming Shorter in Mountainous Western U.S.
Using new method, a study by Scripps Oceanography researcher finds that snowpack is melting earlier in the year

Human Health and the Oceans

Research Highlight: Study Suggests Which Feeds Could Work Best for Small-scale Freshwater Aquaculture
Scripps student worked with high school graduates in Malawi on local fish farming practices

Research Highlight: Domoic Acid Decoded
Research into gene function in microalgae helps determine how toxins are made in oceanic harmful algal blooms

Domoic Acid Decoded: Scientists Discover Genetic Basis for How Harmful Algal Blooms Become Toxic
Research into gene function in microalgae helps determine how toxins are made in oceanic harmful algal blooms

Resilience to Hazards

New Sea-Level Rise and Flood Alert Network Launches with City of Imperial Beach
Gift from the David C. Copley Foundation funds Scripps Institution of Oceanography pilot observation system to support vulnerable coastal communities with adapting to climate change

Long-running Seismic Network Awarded $16.7 Million Extension
National Science Foundation award will fuel continued Project IDA network operations

Research Highlight: Study Finds Waves Trap Pollutants from River Outflows Along Shore
New findings on movement of contamination from river mouths could improve approaches to pollution monitoring

Innovative Observation

Research Highlight: New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically
Scripps biological and physical oceanographers collaborate to create first-of-its-kind sensing instrument

Argo Program Achieves Milestone with Two Million Ocean Measurements
Transformative network has enabled sweeping view of large-scale, long-duration changes in all the world’s oceans

Researchers Discover New Region of Iron Limitation in Ocean
Scientists find that iron-limited areas extend below surface-level phytoplankton communities

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