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Olive Rockfish (Sebastes serranoides) caught and released as part of the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program

Early Results Suggest California Marine Protected Areas are a Success
Seven years after completion of network, rebounds of certain species seen

Microfibers fluorescing under a microscope

Scripps Oceanography Researchers Adopting Global Approach to Studying Microplastics and Microfibers
Marine scientists developing unique partnerships to address plastic degradation in the environment

CAICE Director Kim Prather and fellow researchers work on the SeaSCAPE experiment. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego

Research Highlight: Scientists Bring the Ocean into the Lab to Study Human Impacts on the Ocean and Climate
Interdisciplinary SeaSCAPE project utilizes large wave tank to look at how human pollution is affecting the ability of ocean biology to control clouds and climate

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Research Highlight: Scientists Bring the Ocean into the Lab to Study Human Impacts on the Ocean and Climate
Interdisciplinary SeaSCAPE project utilizes large wave tank to look at how human pollution is affecting the ability of ocean biology to control clouds and climate

Research Highlight: Loss of Arctic's Reflective Sea Ice Will Advance Global Warming by 25 Years
Fast mitigation may still avoid complete loss of sea ice

Research Highlight: Atmospheric Rivers to Become Even More Dominant Source of California Water
Research projects atmospheric rivers will strengthen, bringing greater proportion of annual precipitation

Human Health and the Oceans

Climate Change Likely to Increase Human Exposure to Toxic Mercury
Environmental factors, such as rising sea temperatures and over-fishing, impact levels of methylmercury in fish

Scientists Develop New Production Method for Seaweed Chemical Used in Brain Research
Researchers find an affordable and effective way to produce kainic acid, an important natural chemical used by neuroscientists

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

Resilience to Hazards

Research Highlight: Loss of Arctic's Reflective Sea Ice Will Advance Global Warming by 25 Years
Fast mitigation may still avoid complete loss of sea ice

Atmospheric Rivers to Become Even More Dominant Source of California Water Resources and Flooding
Research projects that, as other storms decline, atmospheric rivers will strengthen, bringing greater proportion of annual precipitation

Seventy High-Tech Cameras Installed in Southern California Provide Eyes on Fire Prone Areas
ALERTWildfire cameras supported by UC San Diego improve situational awareness during wildfire events

Innovative Observation

Research Highlight: Scientists Find Key Changes in Gray Whale Migration Routes off Southern California
Increasing numbers of gray whales migrating closer to shore could put whales at risk for ship strikes, entanglements, and pollution

Research Highlight: Internal Tsunamis Can Alter Bodies of Water Profoundly
Underwater landslides cause long-range displacement of sediment and large-scale current alteration

New Study Finds Microplastic Throughout Monterey Bay
A new study shows that microplastic particles are not only common from the surface to the seafloor, but they’re also being eaten by animals and incorporated into marine food webs

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