Scripps geologists harvest lava at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii
Research at Scripps encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies. Ongoing investigations include the topography and composition of the seafloor, waves and currents, and the interchanges between the oceans and atmosphere. Scripps's research ships are used in investigations throughout the world's oceans. Other observations and collections are made by ocean devices, airplanes, remotely operated aircraft, land stations, and from satellites
Most research groups have facilities and engineers for developing advanced technologies and unique instruments for their studies, including laser-based and sound-imaging devices. There also is considerable expertise at Scripps in handling and processing large amounts of data on supercomputer networks. Researchers also enhance analysis with innovative visualization techniques.
More than 300 programs may be under way at any time, including studies of air-sea interactions, climate prediction, earthquakes, biodiversity in marine ecosystems, marine chemistry, beach erosion, the marine food chain, marine genomics, the geological evolution of the ocean basins, and the multidisciplinary aspects of global change and the environment.
To learn more about Scripps research please see our Research Overview.