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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. 

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Mark Merrifield

Around the Pier: Sea-Level Rise Researcher to Lead Climate Center
Mark Merrifield to coordinate Scripps Oceanography’s effort to provide real-world response strategies to increasing climate instability

Parrotfish and surgeonfish graze on turf algae at Hawaii's Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area

Research Highlight: Protect Herbivores, Preserve Coral Reefs
Data from world’s first herbivore reserve suggests protection works to keep algae overgrowth in check

Collecting ice samples at Antarctica's Taylor Glacier

Natural Methane “Time Bomb” Unlikely to Wreak Climate Havoc
But human-caused fossil methane emissions larger than previously believed

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Around the Pier: Sea-Level Rise Researcher to Lead Climate Center
Mark Merrifield to coordinate Scripps Oceanography’s effort to provide real-world response strategies to increasing climate instability

Around the Pier: Scripps Student Receives Switzer Environmental Fellowship
Natalya Gallo awarded for her passion and commitment to improving environmental conditions

Around the Pier: Meeting of the Minds
Scripps leadership and scientists meet His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to discuss climate change, global concerns

Human Health and the Oceans

A Scientist’s Life: Tarik Benmarhnia
Climate change epidemiologist considers human health hazards

UC San Diego Launches Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology
Center co-led by Scripps Oceanography and Department of Anthropology will investigate relationship between human societies and marine environments

Study Finds Bacteria Living in Marine Sponge Produce Toxic Flame Retardant-Like Compounds
Scripps researchers are steps closer to understanding their human health implications

Resilience to Hazards

Drone Truthing
UC San Diego researchers developing new high-tech approach to detecting structural damage during extreme events such as earthquakes

A Scientist's Life: Jennifer Vanos
Biometeorologist is at intersection of weather and human health

Around the Pier: New Faculty Represent University’s Approach to Understanding and Protecting the Planet
Interdisciplinary research is key trait of six new professors joining UC San Diego

Innovative Observation

Natural Methane “Time Bomb” Unlikely to Wreak Climate Havoc
But human-caused fossil methane emissions larger than previously believed

Analysis of "Rusty" Lunar Rock Suggest the Moon's Interior Is Dry
The study contradicts a recently published paper, which suggested the moon’s interior is wet

Around the Pier: Scripps Student Receives Switzer Environmental Fellowship
Natalya Gallo awarded for her passion and commitment to improving environmental conditions