Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change

Our research goal for this focus area is to improve global monitoring and understanding of ocean warming, circulation and geochemistry.  This includes climate change impacts on our marine ecosystems including heat waves, acidification and deoxygenation.  Past efforts have also included research in blue carbon and carbon sequestration.  

Research Projects

Simulating Oxygen Depletion and Circulation Changes in the Tropical Pacific


An NSF-funded research program of global and regional changes in ocean circulation and biogeochemistry, and their effects on marine ecosystem habitats.

Lead:  Dr. Yassir Eddebbar

Collaborators:  National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), University of Colorado Boulder, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Investigating California Rainfall Patterns Through Ocean Salinity Monitoring

Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier as seen from the beach at sunset.

An investigation of Southern California drought and precipitation patterns during El Nino and La Nina seasons using long-term ocean salinity records from Scripps Pier.

Leads:  Staff Research Associate Sierra Byrne, Dr. Mark Merrifield

Collaborators:  Scripps Pier Shore Station Monitoring Program

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