Polar Center Graduate Susheel Adusumilli Receives 2021 Edward A. Frieman Prize for Excellence in Research

Scripps (June 17th 2021)

Susheel Adusumilli received the 2021 Edward A. Frieman Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research for his work on a Nature Geosciences study that examined the melting of Antarctica’s floating ice shelves.

New Study Identifies Atmospheric Rivers as Contributor to Increased Snow Mass in West Antarctica

Scripps News (March 2nd 2021)

A new study from lead author Susheel Adusumilli has identified atmospheric rivers, the phenomenon of high-altitude concentrations of water in the atmosphere, as a main source of snowfall on the West Antarctic ice sheet. The project makes use of data from the ICESat-2 satellite which provides measurements of snowpack by observing precise changes in elevation along the surface of the ice sheet.

Simulation vs Reality: Researchers Modify Climate Model to Explain Expanding Antarctic Sea Ice

Scripps News (February 18th 2021)

Comparing climate models with sea ice observations exposes an interesting dilemma: despite model predictions that Antarctic sea ice should be shrinking, it has steadily expanded from 1979 to 2015. Scripps oceanographer Ian Eisenman has collaborated with California Institute of Technology researcher Shantong Sun to address this problem, identifying disparities between sea ice drift between models and real life.

New study redefines understanding of where icebergs put meltwater into the Southern Ocean

Scripps News (December 16th 2020)

Continental ice sheets in the Antarctic often produce large, tabular icebergs that release significant volumes of meltwater into the Southern Ocean as they drift away from shore. A new paper authored by Mark England (Scripps, UNCW) addresses how this meltwater flux can be used for better climate predictions in the future.

Majestic spot in Antarctica named after pioneering UCSD polar explorer Helen Fricker

San Diego Union Tribune (December 4th 2020)

The British Antarctic Territory has named an ice feature in honor of Scripps glaciologist Helen Fricker's contributions to Antarctic ice sheet laser-altimetry research. The newly-established Fricker Ice Piedmont is one of many locations named after 28 different Antarctic explorers and researchers.

NSF Grants $53 Million to Create a Global Fleet of Robotic Floats to Monitor Ocean Health

Scripps News (October 29th 2020)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of five research institutions to assist in the creation of the new Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Array, an NSF-funded expansion of biogeochemical ocean monitoring with autonomous floats. "It's an evolution of how we're observing the ocean," says Lynne Talley, Scripps professor and co-principal investigator on the project. Scripps scientists will be building new floats and coordinating their deployments, producing readily-available data for researchers across the globe.