Scripps hydrologist Hugo Hidalgo - Photo: Marc Tule
Atmosphere & Climate
Researchers in atmospheric sciences study the global climate system with an emphasis on the physical, dynamic, and chemical interactions of the air, sea, land, ice, and biosphere.
Investigations include the El Niņo phenomenon, climate change on seasonal-to-decadal time scales, the dynamics of clouds, solar radiation, air-sea exchange, the impacts of human activities on climate, and past climate conditions on time scales of hundreds to millions of years.
Scripps scientists confirmed the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and have led several major, international studies of the air-sea interface in the Pacific and Indian oceans that have defined major processes in the climate system.