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Microscopic Organism Plays a Big Role in Ocean Carbon Cycling, Scripps Scientists Discover

April 24, 2014

It’s broadly understood that the world’s oceans play a crucial role in the global-scale cycling and exchange of carbon between Earth’s ecosystems and atmosphere. Now scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have taken a leap forward in understanding the microscopic underpinnings of these processes.

New Airborne GPS Technology for Weather Conditions Takes Flight

March 17, 2014

GPS technology has broadly advanced science and society’s ability to pinpoint precise information, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes. A new technique led by a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego stands to improve weather models and hurricane forecasting by detecting precise conditions in the atmosphere through a new GPS system aboard airplanes.

Number of Days Without Rain to Dramatically Increase in Some World Regions

March 13, 2014

By the end of the 21st century, some parts of the world can expect as many as 30 more days a year without precipitation, according to a new study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researchers.

Medal Honors Scripps Icon Walter Munk’s Lifetime of Science and Exploration

March 4, 2014

A year ago the Explorers Club recognized director James Cameron with its coveted Explorers Medal during its annual dinner in New York City. The organization honored the famed director not for movie making but for his historic dive to the deepest point on the planet, an expedition in which Cameron relied heavily on the scientific and engineering expertise at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research

March 4, 2014

A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the country for algal biofuels research, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography as top in the nation.

The Surface of the Sea is a Sink for Nitrogen Oxides at Night

March 3, 2014

The surface of the sea takes up nitrogen oxides that build up in polluted air at night, new measurements on the coast of southern California have shown. The ocean removes about 15 percent of these chemicals overnight along the coast, a team of atmospheric chemists reports in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 3.

Rising Ocean Acidification Leads to Anxiety in Fish

December 4, 2013

A new research study combining marine physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and behavioral psychology has revealed a surprising outcome from increases of carbon dioxide uptake in the oceans: anxious fish.

Scripps Leads First Global Snapshot of Key Coral Reef Fishes

December 3, 2013

In the first global assessment of its kind, a science team led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has produced a landmark report on the impact of fishing on a group of fish known to protect the health of coral reefs. The report, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences), offers key data for setting management and conservation targets to protect and preserve fragile coral reefs.

Scripps Oceanography Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production

November 20, 2013

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae.

Nature’s Glowing Slime: Scientists Peek into Hidden Sea Worm’s Light

November 13, 2013

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues are unraveling the mechanisms behind a little-known marine worm that produces a dazzling bioluminescent display in the form of puffs of blue light released into seawater.
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