In support of global change studies, including Earth sciences, physical oceanography, climatology, marine chemistry, and ocean ecology, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York has made a grant of $500,000 to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Scripps will use the money to support recent Ph.D. scientists who are studying the environment's reaction to conditions such as increasing pollution, ozone depletion, greenhouse effects, climate change, and deforestation.

Edward A. Frieman, director of Scripps, said that “A critical need in this growing interdisciplinary field of global change is to introduce a new generation of young scientists to its complex problems and to the novel research strategies required for understanding global phenomena.” The grant from the Mellon Foundation will enable Scripps to attract motivated scientists, who are able to contribute to the important worldwide issue of global change.