Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 16 Issue 03

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Volume 16, No. 3
Pages 45 - 54


The Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps

Fred SpiessWilliam Kuperman
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As Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) celebrates 100 years, its oldest research unit, the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL), turns 57, still carrying on the tradition of leading innovation in seagoing, experiment-oriented efforts to unravel the secrets of the ocean and the subsea environment. The emphasis at MPL in the early years was on ocean acoustics and geophysics/geology. Though its research base has expanded to include physical and biological oceanography and atmospheric and ocean optics research, acoustics and signal processing still play a central role as subjects of research and as methods of ocean exploration and imaging. Over more than a half century of existence, the emphasis at MPL is still on ocean observation and exploratory research with the parallel development.


Spiess, F., and W. Kuperman. 2003. The Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps. Oceanography 16(3):45–54, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2003.30.

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