Latest Scripps Institution of Oceanography Stories

2010-05-04 08:09:46

Fulfilling Copenhagen Accord will require variety of efforts ranging from 'Herculean' to the readily actionable, scientists say Major greenhouse gas-emitting countries agreed in December climate talks held in Copenhagen that substantial action is required to limit the increase of global average temperature to less than 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). In a paper appearing May 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Yangyang Xu, climate...

2010-04-05 13:38:04

NASA, U.S. Navy and university researchers have successfully demonstrated the first robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy. The Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC) autonomous underwater vehicle uses a novel thermal recharging engine powered by the natural temperature differences found at different ocean depths. Scalable for use on most robotic oceanographic vehicles, this technology breakthrough...

2010-03-19 13:11:55

Scientists seize rare opportunity to map one of largest quakes in recorded history Scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California at San Diego are undertaking an expedition to explore the rupture site of the 8.8-magnitude Chilean earthquake. The quake is one of the largest in recorded history. The scientists hope to capitalize on a unique scientific opportunity to capture fresh data...

2010-03-04 07:50:53

The ongoing El Niño of 2010 is affecting north Pacific Ocean ecosystems in ways that could affect the West Coast fishing industry, according to scientists at NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Researchers with the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) at Scripps and NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center report a stronger than normal northward movement of warm water up the Southern California coast, a high sea-level...

2010-02-23 08:22:56

Seamount scientists offer new comprehensive view of deep-sea mountains Lying beneath the ocean is spectacular terrain ranging from endless chains of mountains and isolated peaks to fiery volcanoes and black smokers exploding with magma and other minerals from below Earth's surface. This mountainous landscape, some of which surpasses Mt. Everest heights and the marine life it supports, is the spotlight of a special edition of the research journal Oceanography. These massive underwater...

2010-02-21 11:05:50

Protecting vulnerable reproduction sites key to long-term health of fish populations Once described by Jacques Cousteau as the "world's aquarium," the marine ecosystems of the Gulf of California are under threat. Destructive new fishing methods are depleting the sea's habitats, creating areas that are ghosts of their former existences. But, as Octavio Aburto-Oropeza of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will describe during a presentation at the 2010 American Association for...

2010-02-12 07:36:03

Extremely long waves could have initiated 2008 collapse events Depicting a cause-and-effect scenario that spans thousands of miles, a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and his collaborators discovered that ocean waves originating along the Pacific coasts of North and South America impact Antarctic ice shelves and could play a role in their catastrophic collapse. Peter Bromirski of Scripps Oceanography is the lead scientist in a new study published in the journal...

2009-11-10 10:35:24

Drifters designed to provide new knowledge about marine protected areas, harmful algal blooms, oil spills In an effort to plug gaps in knowledge about key ocean processes, the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s division of ocean sciences has awarded nearly $1 million to scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. The Scripps marine scientists will develop a new breed of ocean-probing instruments. Jules Jaffe and Peter Franks will spearhead an effort to design...

2009-09-02 13:49:09

U.S. marine biomedicine scientists say they have discovered a promising ocean-based compound that might yield new ways to fight human disease. Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego and Creighton University in Omaha say they have deciphered the highly unusual molecular structure of the naturally produced compound that is giving new understanding of the function of mammalian nerve cells. Scripps scientists collected cyanobacteria - tiny...

2009-09-01 14:57:03

U.S. scientists studying a mid-July to early August 2006 heat wave that struck the southwestern United States say such extremes are becoming more likely. The 2006 heat wave broke many high temperature and humidity records, scientists said, leading to the deaths of more than 600 people, 25,000 cattle and 70,000 poultry in California alone. An analysis of that episode by researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego suggests such regional...

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