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Storied Research Platform is Retired

August 15, 2023

The Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) was one of the most innovative oceanographic research tools ever invented, but on Aug. 3, FLIP's distinguished career finished its final chapter when it was towed to a dismantling and recycling facility, the costs to renovate it deemed too expensive.

UNESCO Recognizes International Team for Sustainable Underwater Archaeology Efforts

August 8, 2023

UNESCO has awarded a team of researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute and Scripps Institution of Oceanography for their efforts protecting underwater cultural heritage sites.

Broken record: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels jump again

June 8, 2023

CO2 levels measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory peaked at 424 parts per million in May, continuing a steady climb further into territory not seen for millions of years, scientists from NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego announced this week.

New Study: Protecting Large Ocean Areas Doesn’t Curb Fishing Catches

May 31, 2023

In the first-ever “before and after” assessment of the impact of establishing Mexico’s Revillagigedo National Park on the fishing industry, a team of U.S. and Mexican researchers found that Mexico’s industrial fishing sector did not incur economic losses five years after the park’s creation.

California Snowlines On Track To Be 1,600 Feet Higher by Century’s End

May 25, 2023

This winter produced record snowfall in California, but a new study suggests the state should expect gradually declining snowpacks, even if punctuated with occasional epic snowfalls, in the future.

Did Volcanoes Provide the Spark of Life?

May 2, 2023

Scripps Oceanography researcher Jeffrey Bada proposes that volcanism could have produced the lightning bolts that charged life into existence.

“Denoising” a Noisy Ocean

March 15, 2023

UC San Diego scientists and colleagues have developed a way for computers to sift through sounds collected by field acoustic recording packages and process them faster than even the most trained human analysts. The method represents a major advance in the field of signal processing.

Coastal Water Pollution Transfers to the Air in Sea Spray Aerosol and Reaches People on Land

March 2, 2023

New research led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has confirmed that coastal water pollution transfers to the atmosphere in sea spray aerosol, which can reach people beyond just beachgoers, surfers, and swimmers.

Scientists and Surf Organizations Confirm What Surfers Already Know

February 28, 2023

Scientists find that offshore wind tends to encourage development of the tubular barrel waves favored by advanced surfers. “This is common surfing wisdom, but it has not been something that has been scientifically studied,” said Scripps Oceanography's Falk Feddersen, who led a new study.

Climate Change Exacerbating Gastrointestinal Problems in Children

January 10, 2023

Researchers at UC San Diego report that “precipitation shocks,” whether droughts or flood-causing rains, can increase rates of diarrheal diseases among children in tropical low-to- middle-income countries.
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