Mission Statement

The Scripps Polar Center brings together scientists from the three research sections of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who investigate everything from ocean physics to the ecology of polar organisms. We aim to address the complex questions of today’s polar regions and to train a new generation of scientists capable of interdisciplinary research.

Research at the Polar Center

Featured News

Huffington Post (July 25th 2020)

After returning from the exploration vessel Polarstern amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, researcher Jeff Bowman shares his experience in the MOSAiC expedition, studying phytoplankton photosynthesis in the Arctic sea ice region.

Read about the latest research, announcements, and community engagement from the Polar Center.

Education and Activities


In addition to a Geophysics graduate program, Scripps Polar Center professors offer several undergraduate and graduate-level courses in glaciology. Syllabi and information for current students can be accessed here. 

Polar Seminars

Once a week, we host talks with glaciologists across the field, discussing their newest research and engaging with our academic community.

Learn More

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