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

Scripps marine ecologist Jennifer Smith has been cultivating Asparagopsis taxiformis seaweed. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego

Around the Pier: Usurp the Burp
How seaweed could help curb cow burps—one of California’s greatest sources of methane emissions

Loquats, oyster mushrooms and mustard greens from Roger’s Community Garden, the new destination for Scripps compost

Around the Pier: Keeping Compost Close
Scripps takes composting to a new level

Photo: Brian Zgliczynski

Advanced Virtual Technology Captures How Coral Reefs Recover After Bleaching
Imaging and 3D structuring software helps Scripps researchers observe coral reef changes in Palmyra Atoll

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Around the Pier: Usurp the Burp
How seaweed could help curb cow burps—one of California’s greatest sources of methane emissions

Advanced Virtual Technology Captures How Coral Reefs Recover After Bleaching
Imaging and 3D structuring software helps Scripps researchers observe coral reef changes in Palmyra Atoll

Around the Pier: Scripps Launches Polar Center
Center draws from several disciplines to focus on Earth’s most rapidly changing regions

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

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

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

Innovative Observation

Around the Pier: Scripps Launches Polar Center
Center draws from several disciplines to focus on Earth’s most rapidly changing regions

Research Highlight: 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

Research Highlight: New Tool to Forecast Fishing Activity in Palau’s Waters
Novel research and prediction system has implications for large-scale monitoring, conservation, and fisheries management in Pacific island nations

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