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Predictions of Climate Impacts on Fisheries Can be a Mirage

March 25, 2013

In the early 1940s, California fishermen hauled in a historic bounty of sardine at a time that set the backdrop for John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row” novel. But by the end of the decade the nets came up empty and the fishery collapsed. Where did they all go? According to a new study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the forces behind the sardine mystery are a dynamic and interconnected moving target.

Scripps Scientists Discover ‘Lubricant’ for Earth’s Tectonic Plates

March 20, 2013

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have found a layer of liquefied molten rock in Earth’s mantle that may be acting as a lubricant for the sliding motions of the planet’s massive tectonic plates. The discovery may carry far-reaching implications, from solving basic geological functions of the planet to a better understanding of volcanism and earthquakes.

Scripps Lecture to Explore Crossroads of Science and Religion

March 20, 2013

Join Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego for a lively presentation at the hotly debated crossroads of science and religion. Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education and an internationally known expert on the evolution-creation controversy, will present “In the Beginning: Science, Religion, and Origins” during the annual Richard H. and Glenda G. Rosenblatt Lectureship in Evolutionary Biology.

Fluorescent Light Revealed as Gauge of Coral Health

March 12, 2013

Coral reefs not only provide the world with rich, productive ecosystems and photogenic undersea settings, they also contribute an economic boost valued at hundreds of billions of dollars. But their decline in recent years due to a variety of threats—from pollution to climate warming—has lent urgency to the search for new ways to evaluate their health.

Urban Heat Has Large-scale Climate Effects

January 27, 2013

The heat generated by everyday activities in metropolitan areas has a significant enough warming effect to influence the character of the jet stream and other major atmospheric systems during winter months, according to a trio of climate researchers.

Vice Chancellor Haymet to Retire from Administrative Roles at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

December 14, 2012

Following six years of service as Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences and Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tony Haymet has announced his decision to retire from his administrative duties on January 1, 2013. He will remain a Distinguished Professor at UC San Diego.

Research Vessel Roger Revelle Returns to San Diego after Six-year Voyage

November 19, 2012

The research vessel Roger Revelle, owned by the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research and operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, returns to San Diego after a six-year deployment.

Massive Planetary Collision May Have Zapped Key Elements from Moon

October 17, 2012

Fresh examinations of lunar rocks gathered by Apollo mission astronauts have yielded new insights about the moon’s chemical makeup as well as clues about the giant impacts that may have shaped the early beginnings of Earth and the moon.

Researchers ID Unique Geological ‘Sombrero’ Uplift in South America

October 11, 2012

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have used 20 years of satellite data to reveal a geological oddity unlike any seen on Earth.

Scripps-led Team Takes on Centuries-Old Cause-and-effect Problem

September 27, 2012

Is fishing alone responsible for stock collapses, or are there other dominant factors? Determining the causes driving changes in complex networks such as ecosystems is especially challenging. Until recently, scientists had a limited toolbox for detecting causation.
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