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HuffPo: An Interview with World Renowned Oceanographer - Walter Munk

The Huffington Post's Max Gunn shares his admiration for the storied curiosity and career of IGPP's Walter Munk in this essay.

SSA Richter Award goes to IGPP Alum

Congratulations to IGPP alum, Diego Melgar (2014) for winning the Seismological Society of America's 2016 Charles F. Richter Early Career Award!

The Charles F. Richter Early Career Award honors outstanding contributions to the goals of the Society by a member early in her or his career. Previous recipients include a former IGPP postdoc Miaki Ishii in 2009:

IGPP and SIO Leadership: New roles for Masters, Constable

Director of IGPP, Guy Masters, has accepted a new role at SIO. As of March 31, Masters will serve Associate Vice Chancellor/Deputy Director for Research (AVC-DDR). IGPP professor of geophysics Steve Constable will commence his new role as Director of IGPP on March 31. 

Paolo, Fricker research featured in Remote Sensing Environment

Congratulations to Fernando Paolo and Helen Fricker. Their article: "Constructing improved decadal records of Antarctic ice shelf height change from multiple satellite radar altimeters," appears in the May 2016 issue of Remote Sensing Environment.

Tohoku-oki EQ study by Bassett, Sandwell, Fialko published in Nature

Congratulations to IGPP Professors Yuri Fialko and Dave Sandwell as well as IGPP Green Scholar Dan Bassett. Their study, "Upper-plate controls on co-seismic slip in the 2011 magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-oki earthquake" was published in the 03 March 2016 issue of Nature.

Paolo receives MVP Award from NASA Cryospheric Sciences Program

Congratulations to postdoc Fernando Paolo, recent recipient of the "Most Valued Player" Award within the NASA Cryospheric Sciences Program, for his PhD work on Antarctic ice shelves from satellite radar altimetry. Paolo was presented the award by NASA Cryo PM Tom Wagner at the PARCA meeting at Goddard Space Flight Centre today. photo credit: Kelly Brunt

GAMES group receives private funding

Scripps family memebers Eaton and Marty Scripps have expressed their support of the GAMES group's interactive, educational outreach efforts with a donation that will fund the groups efforts for one year.  For more information, visit the GAMES website: and the full SIO press release here.

IGPP's Fricker, Siegfried, team discover varied, high-rate melt along Ross Ice Shelf

AGU's Geophysical Research Letters has published "High basal melting forming a channel at the grounding line of Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica," co-authored by IGPP glaciologists Helen Amanda Fricker and Matt Siegfried. The team, led by Oliver Marsh, University of Canterbury, spent six weeks collecting radar data to map ice melt along the Ross Ice Shelf. The study discovered melt rates vary along the shelf, but that the speed of melt (up to 25 times higher than expected) in some locations may hamper the Ross Ice Shelf's sustainability.

ANZA Network receives critical operational funding

Earlier today, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director Margret Lenien,  Seismic Warning Systems CEO, George Dickson, County Supervisor, Greg Cox and IGPP Research Scientist—and lead researcher for the ANZA network—Frank Vernon, were pleased to announce that a financial donation by Seismic Warning Systems (SWS) will keep the ANZA Seismic Network, and its 28 monitoring stations along the San Jacinto Fault, operating through 2020.  The state-of-the-art network, which has monitored Southern California’s most active fault since 1982, was at risk of being shut down when government funding cu

STEAM/STEM class co-created by IGPP researcher Kilb a hit

Gompers students brought their aluminum foil, whipped cream, and pie tins to the Elementary Institute of Science to learn "How to Make a Disaster Movie Based on Real Science!"