Selected Films

Following are a few items from our extensive film/video collection, which is detailed in our Media List.

  • Harald Sverdrup on Amundsen's Norwegian North Polar Expedition, 1918-1925
  • Harald Sverdrup in family films of his brother Lief Sverdrup, 1930s
  • Experimental Turbidity Currents (circa 1940s): Philip Kuenen (Groningen Univ) demonstrates how such underwater currents can move suspended sediment loads downslope, scouring underwater canyons and fans, moving rocks and creating graded sediment layers. The studies shown in the film are presented in: Kuenen, PH and CI Migliorini. Turbidity Currents as a Cause of Graded Behavior. Journal of Geology 58(2):91-127, 1950. Scripps scientists did extensive research on underwater canyons, their formation and geologic setting, and turbidity currents.
  • Operation Crossroads, Able and Baker Day Tests, Bikini Atoll, Summer 1946 (1946): U.S. Navy film of nuclear weapon testing conducted at Bikini Atoll in 1946.  On July 1, 1946, the Able bomb was detonated at 520 feet altitude, and the Baker bomb was detonated shortly thereafter at 90 feet underwater on July 25. Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists were involved, making blast wave observations as well as physical, biological, and geologic surveys of Bikini before and after the explosions, as well as comparative surveys of nearby Eniwetok and Rongerik Atolls. Roger Revelle, Marston Sargent, John Isaacs, Walter Munk, Gifford Ewing, and many others participated in this work.
  • The Expendable Radio Sonobuoy in Air-Sea Rescue: Description (1946): US Navy training film
  • The Expendable Radio Sonobuoy in Air-Sea Rescue: Operation and Procedure (1946): US Navy training film
  • The Expendable Radio Sonobuoy in Air-Sea Rescue: Maintenance and Calibration (1946): US Navy training film
  • Occupying an Oceanographic Station (1950): U.S. Navy training film showing how to make shipboard oceanographic observations. Early footage is damaged, and these later sections are presented: Preparing to Occupy a Station;  Lowering the Nansen Bottles; Raising the Nansen Bottles; Drawing Water Samples; Reading the Thermometers; Analysis of Oxygen Sample; Analysis of Salinity Sample.
  • Bathythermograph Observations (1950): U.S. Navy training film showing how to make bathythermograph (BT) observations from ships. Early footage is damaged, and there's soundtrack degradation throughout; these later sections are presented: Rigging and Checking the Gear; Lowering and Raising the BT;  Handling the Slide; Filling Out the Log Sheet.
  • Operation Midpac, July-November 1950 (1950): This joint 1950 Scripps Institution of Oceanography-U.S. Navy expedition discovered the Mid-Pacific Mountain Range on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and confirmed Darwin’s theory about the origin of atolls. Expedition scientists on the research ship HORIZON and the Navy ship PCE(R) 857 were surprised to find that the seafloor was young, deep and rocky, not flat, old and filled with sediments. Measurements of continental heat flow from the ocean raised questions about the history of the Pacific Ocean basin that were later answered by Plate Tectonics theory.
  • Northern Holiday (1951): The Northern Holiday Expedition of 1951 was the second major SIO exploration of the deep Pacific Ocean, covering the eastern North Pacific from Hawaii to the Gulf of Alaska and partly retracing the historic Challenger cruise of 1873-6. This region was still little explored--a "holiday" area in Navy parlance--where work had been left undone. This film portrays research and personnel aboard the R/V Horizon during the expedition. Scientists John Isaacs, Henry Menard, Alan Smith, Warren Wooster, and James Stewart perform a mid-water trawl, hydrographic cast, horizontal net-tow, rock dredging, and gravity coring.
  • Boqueron / Barcena Volcano on Isla San Benedicto, Baja California, Mexico (1952): September 1952 eruption of Boqueron (Barcena) volcano on Isla San Benedicto in the Islas Revillagigedos in Baja California, Mexico. Filmed/collected by SIO graduate student Adrian F. Richards, & used in his dissertation research.
  • Cruise of the Zaca (1952): clip of Errol Flynn arriving at Scripps and being greeted by Carl and Laura Hubbs, SIO Director Harald Sverdrup (in suit), and probably Clark Hubbs. The Zaca cruise occurred in mid-1946. The film "Cruise of the Zaca" is available on DVD as a special feature in "The Adventures of Robin Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition)."
  • Operation Castle (1954): clip collage of Scripps divers working on wave measuring equipment for atomic testing at Bikini Island
  • Vermilion Sea Expedition (1959): The 1959 Vermilion Sea Expedition ships SPENCER F. BAIRD and HORIZON explored and delineated the bathymetry, tectonic elements and crustal structures of the entire length of the Gulf of California. The tectonic relations that were revealed anticipated the plate tectonics theory of the 1960’s. Sediment distribution, thickness and individual characteristics within the several basins were determined.
  • Underwater Wonders (1959): This film shows and discusses what divers see underwater, showing them swimming and carrying cameras. Footage includes a sandfall at Cape San Lucas, Baja California, showing an underwater “river of sand.” Underwater footage shows galatheid crab, sea hare, moray eel, various fish, mating behavior of angel fish, sargent major fish guarding egg nest, mating market squid (likely shown at La Jolla Canyon), underwater canyon topography, torpedo ray, goat fish attracting cleaner fish, blue sharks, porpoises, pilot whales off Catalina Island, gray whales, killer whales (topside), and elephant seals at San Benito Island in Baja California Mexico.
  • Rivers of Sand (1959): Film of divers swimming underwater in Baja California, Mexico, including a sandfall at Cape (Cabo) San Lucas, showing an underwater “river of sand.”
  • Memorial Tribute and Honor to Conrad Limbaugh (1960): Limbaugh was Scripps' first diving officer and influential in the development of scientific diving in the U.S.
  • Remote Underwater Manipulator, RUM (1960): This film shows a formal launching of the Remote Underwater Manipulator (RUM) into the surf on the beach next to Scripps pier, with Navy officials in attendance. RUM was an unmanned tracked underwater vehicle with a manipulator arm for collecting precisely located samples.  Scripps’ Victor Anderson points at a feature on RUM, using his right hand and wearing a dark suit, white shirt, and tie. Out on the pier, RUM can be seen underwater, and scuba divers descend into the water to work with RUM. Finally RUM is driven out of the water back up onto the beach. Some Scripps campus buildings can be seen in this film, and the rocky beach structure along the north side of Scripps pier can be seen.
  • Scripps campus (1960s)
  • Roger Revelle defines oceanography (1960): short clip from TV program
  • Experimental Deep Water Drilling "Project Mohole" (1961): clip collage of first deep sea drilling off Guadalupe Island onboard CUSS I. Scripps' Willard Bascom at the chalkboard; Bill Riedel examining the core.
  • Challenge of the Sea (1963): film shows research activity of the U.S. Navy and its usefulness to industry and defense.  It covers oil, beaches, shipping, missiles, fouling, ice, scuba diving, underwater sounds and thermoclines, dolphins swimming studied in tanks, anti-submarine warfare, the National Oceanographic Data Center and computer data processing, tide and swell prediction, Arctic operations. Shows oceanographic work aboard ships and in laboratories, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Flip ship, the bathyscaphe Trieste, Project Mohole, the Navy Electronics Laboratory Oceanographic Research Tower in San Diego. Narrated by David Brinkley
  • Meet the Professor (1963): clip collage of Scripps' Carl Hubbs discussing fish catch from mid-water trawl, baited hooks and traps. In the beginning minutes, Robert Wisner, who worked with Hubbs, is wearing a long-sleeved light-colored shirt and standing to Hubbs' left (to the viewer, Wisner is to the right of Hubbs).
  • International Indian Ocean Expedition, United States Program in Biology (1963): film presents the International Indian Ocean Expedition in which 23 nations participated in a study of the Indian Ocean over several years. Explains the program’s purpose and shows the conduct of research using various instruments, nets, corers, grabs, and other means. The ships Anton Bruun and Vema are shown. An equator ‘crossing the line’ ceremony is shown.
  • Oceanography: Science for Survival (1964): U.S. participation in the National Oceanographic Program, and the work of its Inter-agency Committee on Oceanography. President John F. Kennedy speaks at the beginning and end of the film, endorsing oceanographic research. The film supports the role of oceanography for national defense and shows the importance of ocean studies for the understanding of our world. Coverage includes the Deep Sea Drilling Project, seafloor mapping, seawater chemistry research on the R/V Atlantis II, ocean circulation modeling with a topographical  model table, biological studies, New Jersey pollutant studies using clams, a wave machine studying breaking waves, fisheries research using R/V Albatross IV, research using the Navy Electronics Laboratory Oceanographic Tower in San Diego, research use of the bathyscaphe Trieste, Gulf of Mexico ocean current research, navigational charting, the UNOLS oceanographic research ship program, FLIP (Scripps’ floating instrument platform), oceanographic instruments and buoys, National Oceanographic Data Center, EQUALANT project. Roger Revelle is shown briefly at approx 35 minutes. 
  • Fred Spiess films (May 1965)
  • Sealab I (1965): Sealab I was a US Navy saturated diving undersea habitat located offshore Bermuda in 1964 at a depth of 192 feet. Robert Thompson, Lester Anderson, Robert A. Barth, and Sanders Manning were to stay submerged for three weeks, but an approaching storm halted the experiment after eleven days. The film shows the problems of lowering and raising the SEALAB I structure, and shows living conditions aboard and work performed.
  • Careers in Oceanography (1965): This film presents the importance and opportunities of the ocean including historical aspects of scientific study of the ocean. In the introductory section, the Westinghouse diving saucer Deep Star, shipboard oceanographic instruments and methods, and computers of that era are briefly shown. Three men are portrayed pursuing oceanographic college and career interests in geology, biology, and physics. Several colleges are shown including UCSD and SIO. Several laboratories are shown including NMFS’ Southwest Fisheries Center adjacent to SIO. U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office and National Oceanographic Data Center activities are presented.  Oceanographic facets shown are the Nomad buoy, the manned spar buoy laboratory/stable ocean platform SPAR, the bathyscaphe Trieste, submersibles (Alvin, Deep Jeep, Moray, Aluminaut), Naval Electronics Laboratory Oceanographic Tower, Scripps’ FLIP, the Yaquina research ship, and oceanographic ship research operations.
  • Footprints in the Sea (1965): film presents deep ocean submersible work of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Ordnance Test Station. Shows research work using Jacques Cousteau’s Soucoupe submersible (Westinghouse Denise), and the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station’s Deep Jeep and Moray submersibles, and the CURV remotely operated vehicle.
  • Oceanographer of the Navy Reports (1965): This film discusses Navy interests in oceanography and the Oceanographer of the Navy position, filled by Rear Admiral Denys W. Knoll, who introduces the film, and then discusses oceanographic research as a vital program in the development of modern weapons and defense systems. The film shows the development of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Environmental Prediction Services (ASWEPS), the Oceanographic Prediction Division in Washington, D.C., the NOMAD meteorological and oceanographic buoy, and use of  submersibles and undersea habitats (TRIESTE I and II, SEALAB I, ARCHIMEDES, and ALVIN).
  • Oceanographic Research with the Cousteau Diving Saucer (1965): This film discusses U.S. Naval Electronics Laboratory scientists using oceanographic research tools such as scuba diving, the NEL Oceanographic Tower off Mission Beach, the bathyscaphe TRIESTE, a thermistor chain towed behind a ship, and model wave tanks. The focus of the film is NEL work with the Cousteau diving saucer, which NEL used for over twenty one dives for a year from 1964 - 1965. Eugene C. LaFond studied physical oceanography and the sea bottom west of the NEL Oceanographic Tower off Mission Beach, California. Edwin Buffington examined sea gullies and took core samples offshore San Clemente, California. David G. Moore observed a submarine canyon in the Coronado Bank off the coast of Baja California, Mexico and rock outcrops in Thirty-Mile Bank off California. Robert F. Dill studied the La Jolla submarine canyon of California and the San Lucas and Los Frailes canyons at the tip of Baja California, Mexico. Eric G. Barham observed the mid-water phenomena known as the Deep Scattering Layer.
  • Man in the Sea: Story of Sealab II (1966): Sealab II was a US Navy undersea habitat located offshore Scripps in 1965 at the edge of La Jolla Canyon at a depth of 200 feet. Each of three teams of divers spent fifteen days below, and aquanaut/astronaut Scott Carpenter  stayed below thirty days. The U.S. Navy's Tuffy, a bottlenose dolphin, ferried supplies from the surface. In Sealab II, Scott Carpenter sings "Good Night Irene" on ukelele in a high helium voice. While Scott Carpenter is decompressing in a surface chamber, he has a high-helium-voiced telephone conversation with President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who called to congratulate on the mission.
  • Deep Tow onboard R/V Thomas Washington (July 1966): clip collage of deployment and use of the Marine Physical Laboratory's Deep Tow system, which originated in 1960 in response to Navy needs to understand the fine scale topography of the deep sea floor and questions in the science community about the implications of the newly emerging concept of seafloor spreading.
  • Waves Across the Pacific (1967): Scripps' Walter Munk's 1963 experiment to track waves generated by Antarctic storms across the Pacific to Alaska
    • Walter Munk clip talking about his experiment
    • Walter Munk clip talking about wave sensor design and recording equipment, with Frank Snodgrass working in the lab
    • Walter Munk clip talking about his work location in Samoa, showing how he recorded daily wave measurements
  • Mission: Oceanography (1967): This film presents the U.S. Navy's oceanographic interests from the 1830's. Film is introduced by Rear Admiral O.D. Waters, Jr., the Oceanographer of the Navy. The Navy established the Depot of Charleston Instruments in 1830, and later Navy Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury worked with observational records there to produce various nautical products. Navy oceanographic observations aboard the USN ship Silas Bent (AGS-26) are shown. Visuals include Sealab I, the USN Nomad buoy, the Naval Electronics Laboratory Oceanographic Tower off Mission Beach, the deep diving Trieste bathyscaphe, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s FLIP, the NOTS Deep Jeep, the Denise diving saucer (Cousteau Soucoupe), Antarctic activities including icebreakers and McMurdo Station, submarines,  a tower pool in Washington DC used to test instruments, laboratory research on plankton and marine geology, a salt water desalination plant, a seawater magnesium extraction plant, fishery activities, and a towed instrument package.
  • DIVERCON 1: NAVFAC/NCEL Underwater Construction Experiment (1968): SeaLab III was a Navy undersea habitat experiment slated for San Clemente Island waters in 1969. This film documents one aspect of the SeaLab III project, called DIVERCON 1, which was a ten foot diameter and ten foot high modular dry repair and storage facility standing on adjustable legs and anchored. Designed by the U.S. Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory at Port Hueneme, underwater construction techniques and methods by divers were tested in water tanks at UCLA and in the ocean offshore Anacapa Island. An underwater lighting chandelier was developed to illuminate an underwater construction site. DIVERCON 1 remained on the bottom off Anacapa Island for a month until recovery by a ship.
  • Sanctuary Under Siege excerpt (c1968): Carl Hubbs discussing the repopulation of Guadalupe Island by elephant seals, excerpted from an Animal World episode by Bill Burrud.
  • Buoyancy Transport Vehicle, The Undersea Forklift (1968): Components of the Navy’s SeaLab III project included the development of underwater construction methods. This film presents the design and operations of the Buoyant Transport Vehicle, (BTV), a remotely operated underwater forklift vehicle developed by the Hawaii laboratory of the Naval Undersea Research and Development Center. BTV field testing including running an underwater course and payload handling was done off Anacapa Island by the U.S. Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory, Port Hueneme, California. Next, the BTV was used in assembling the DIVERCON module in the DIVERCON BTV Exercise, saving one third of the underwater construction time over previous construction methods. Finally, the BTV was transferred to the Naval Undersea Center in San Diego for use as a range support vehicle.
  • Launching of R/V Melville (1968): This silent film shows the launching of Scripps' R/V Melville, designated AGOR 14 (Auxiliary General Oceanography Research) by the U.S. Navy, at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan on July 10, 1968.
  • Deep View (1968?): film on the U.S. Navy Deep View submersible development project. The Deep View submersible built upon the work with the Deep Jeep submersible, which participated in hydrogen bomb retrieval off Spain in 1966. Film shows a Deep Jeep model being tested underwater, and the Deep Jeep submersible is shown in ocean operations. Film principally shows a Deep View model in underwater testing for development purposes. The Deep View submersible was launched in 1971.
  • Venomous Animals of the Sea (1969): film on venomous sea animals are shown, how they inflict their venom, and its effects. Paul R. Saunders of the University of Southern California produced this film for the U.S. Navy.
  • New Odyssey, CIRCE Expedition (1969): film on SIO’s CIRCE Expedition of 1968-1969, in the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic, using the research vessel Argo, and working with scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The expedition investigated bottom topography, magnetic patterns, heat flow, sediment thickness and age, chemical properties of sediments and the overlying water and made localized dredge hauls for petrological crustal studies in the west and southwest Indian Ocean. Igneous rock suites dredged deep in the cross-fractures of the slowly-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge consisted of large little-altered specimens of lower crustal mantle and upper mantle ultramatic rocks never before recovered in oceanic areas. Argo field-tested the IBM 1800 shipboard computer linked to a prototype satellite navigation system, marking the first time a Scripps vessel’s position at sea was obtained automatically by combining Argo’s maneuvering data with observations received from the satellite for display by computer. Film is introduced by Robert Lloyd Fisher.
  • Voyage of the Elisha Kane (1969): film on the maiden voyage of the U.S.N.S. Elisha Kane, an oceanographic research and survey ship of the U.S. Navy. The maiden voyage of the Elisha Kane studied the mid-Atlantic ridge, starting in June 1968. Operations involved magnetic sensors, dredges, cores, thermometers, probes, plankton nets, seismic sounders, and computers. Named individuals include Captain T.K. Treadwell (Naval Oceanographic Office). Lt. Eric Schneider (Kane Expedition project officer), Captain F.J. Ruger (Chief of Staff, Oceanographer of the Navy), Bruce Heezen and Marie Tharp (Columbia Univ).
  • Sixty Days Beneath the Sea: Tektite I (1970): On February 15, 1969, four US Department of Interior scientists (Ed Clifton, Conrad Mahnken, Richard Waller and John VanDerwalker) descended to the ocean floor in Great Lameshur Bay in the US Virgin Islands to begin an ambitious diving project dubbed "Tektite I.” These four aquanauts established a new world's record for saturated diving by a single team. On April 15, 1969, the aquanaut team returned to the surface with over 58 days of marine scientific studies. More than 19 hours of decompression therapy were needed to accommodate the scientist's return to the surface.
  • Sounds in the Sea (1970): film on marine life sounds from invertebrates to vertebrates, and methods of study using sound recorders, spectrograms, etc. Shows research on echo-location and acoustics in marine mammals. Discusses naval interest in underwater sounds from marine life, and the deep scattering layer.
  • The Aquanauts (1970): This film shows U.S. Navy divers (aquanauts) selection, training and work underwater in the U.S. Navy’s Man In The Sea program including SeaLab. Shows Sealab III construction training dives off Anacapa Island, California
  • Life on the Abyssal Floor (1970): Footage of deepsea life generated by the "Monster Camera" project, wherein John Isaacs and his team dropped a bait pail, light source and cine camera on the sea floor at various locations at depths of 200-3700 meters. Describes the underwater camera system.
  • Challenging Sea (1970): film on research conducted by Scripps
  • 100 Fathoms Deep: Sealab III (1971): Sealab III was a US Navy undersea habitat off San Clemente Island in 1969 at a depth of 610 feet. Five teams of nine divers were scheduled to spend 12 days each in the habitat, testing techniques and doing research. The habitat suffered leaks, and repair attempts were unsuccessfull. During the second repair attempt, aquanaut Barry Cannon died.
  • Antipode Expedition, 1970-1971 (1971): an uncompleted film without narration, showing the work of Scripps' Antipode Expedition aboard R/V Melville. The expedition undertook a deep-sea geological/geophysical exploration of the western and northwestern Pacific and north and western Indian Oceans. Its purpose was to survey twenty five sites for deep sea drilling, to study the age and movement of ocean bottom crustal masses in light of the sea-floor spreading hypothesis.
  • Plankton, Life of the Sea (1971): This film describes plankton research studies sponsored by the Office of Naval Research at U.S. universities and institutions. The film explores phytoplankton and zooplankton and their role in the food chain. Guy C. McLeod at the New England Aquarium discusses and studies photosynthesis. Robert R. L. Guillard of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution investigates factors that influence growth and survival of diatoms. John D.H. Strickland of Scripps Institution of Oceanography measures oceanic plankton with shipboard apparatus and computer technology. George D. Grice of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discusses copepods. Reuben Lasker of the U.S. National Maritime Fisheries Service laboratory in La Jolla, studies planktonic larvae. Eric G. Barham of the Naval Underseas Research and Development Center in San Diego, studies vertical movements of plankton, and the deep scattering layer, with echo sounding tracking diurnal plankton movement. The relevance of knowledge of oceanic plankton to military interests is discussed.
  • 1971 Trans-equatorial Expedition (South Tow): The film show expedition work comparing abyssal plain faunas from under sterile and fertile equatoral surface waters. Participants included Robert Hessler, Eric Mills, Duane Hope, William Newman. Departed from San Diego, first landfall was at Pitcairn Island, and return to San Diego via airplane from Papeete, Tahiti. A shipboard equator Crossing the Line ceremony is filmed.
  • That Very Special Ship (1972): This NSF film describes the work of D/V Glomar Challenger on the NSF sponsored Deep Sea Drilling Project, which was managed by Scripps Institution of Oceanography from 1968-1983. Film presents seafloor coring and research, along with discoveries from that work.
  • Assault on the Unknown: Ocean Research Platforms (1972): The film shows Navy sponsored research, and starts the story showing submersibles including William Beebe’s bathysphere, Auguste Piccard's and the Navy’s bathyscaphe TRIESTE, and the Navy’s TURTLE.  The film tells how the scientists study the deep ocean utilizing deep submersibles to study the deep scattering layer, transport of sediments, sampling of waters, and the collection of ocean specimens. Eric Baron of U.S. Navy Electronic Laboratory talks about Trieste 1. The film shows the U.S. Naval Electronic Laboratory’s Oceanographic Research Tower off  Mission Beach, San Diego, and Eugene LaFond discusses its features and use. Scripps’ John Isaacs discusses his  Bumblebee Buoys and use. The film shows General Dynamics Convair Division’s forty foot diameter Monster Buoy, and Scripps’ FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), as well as two- and three-legged models of FLIP. Bob Beador (spelling?), an engineer at the Naval Undersea Research and Development Center, discusses oceanographic platform model designs. Fletcher’s Ice Island or T3 is shown. Jerry D. Stachiw, Navy materials specialist, discusses transparent acrylic spheres for submersibles and undersea observations including NEMO, the Navy Experimental Manned Observatory. William Evans of the Naval Undersea Research Center discusses the use of the Sea-See catamaran and its acrylic hemisphere for viewing marine mammals and sharks underwater. Will Forman of the Naval Undersea Research Center discusses the unmanned Deep View remotely operated vehicle with an acrylic observation sphere. Scripps’ Victor Anderson demonstrates RUM (Remote Underwater Manipulator) and ORB (Ocean Research Buoy).
  • Deep Sea Drilling Project (1974): This film depicts the work of D/V Glomar Challenger on the NSF sponsored Deep Sea Drilling Project, which was managed by Scripps Institution of Oceanography from 1968-1983. The film describes sea floor spreading and continental drift, and shows ship activitities including drilling operations and drilling core retrieval and handling, shipboard computing, data recording, etc. DSDP’s Melvin N. A. Peterson speaks at 00:10:02.
  • Return to the Sea (1975): Describes the history of research submersibles starting with Beebe's bathyscaphe and including TRIESTE, ALVIN, SEA CLIFF, NEMO, and TURTLE. Interviewees are Andreas Rechnitzer, Don Walsh, Allyn Vine, Bill Rainnie, Richard H. Backus, Howard Sanders, Holger W. Jannasch, Bruce Heezen, Jerry Stachiw, Scott Johnson, Robert Ballard. Marie Tharp is shown.
  • Where is the Weather Born? (1975): Focuses on a team of scientists as they conduct experiments in the North Pacific in an effort to predict weather and climate. Jerome Namias of Scripps Institution of Oceanography describes the interaction of oceans and atmosphere and its effect upon weather. He describes the purpose of the North Pacific Experiment. The film includes interview footage with Namias with SIO in the background, views of work on SIO research vessels, images of FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) and buoys designed for the North Pacific Experiment.
  • Rivers of the Sea: The Story of GEOSECS (1975): Film about GEOSECS, the Geochemical Ocean Sections Study, a global survey of the three-dimensional distribution of chemical, isotopic, and radiochemical tracers in the ocean. George Veronis of Yale University speaks about models for ocean layers and circulation in the world ocean, and data gathering by R.V. Melville (SIO) and R.V. Knorr (WHOI). Extensive footage onboard SIO’s R.V. Melville shows scientific and shipboard operations  during GEOSECS, including recreational activities.  Throughout the film, Wallace S. Broecker of Columbia University discusses GEOSECS work onboard R.V. Melville. SIO’s Harmon Craig discusses GEOSECS data collection and cruise legs. R.V. Melville is shown in port in Tahiti, along with various shore-based activities. Peter G. Brewer of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discusses work with Wallace S. Broecker. Arnold Bainbridge, Project Director of the GEOSECS Operations Group, discusses GEOSECS data archiving on magnetic disk packs. Harmon Craig’s Isotope Laboratory at SIO is shown processing seawater samples to measure radioisotopes. A ‘Crossing the Line” ceremony is show, wherein those who are crossing the Equator for the first time onboard ship, are initiated by King Neptune’s Court. R.V. Melville’s homecoming to San Diego at SIO’s Marine Facilities is shown.
  • The Day the Tide Turned Red (1975): The film describes the history of red tides, the dinoflagellates which cause them, the conditions that encourage these plankton blooms, and the effects of red tides and toxins on fish, shellfish, and man. Research and therapeutic use of the Gymnodinium breve red tide toxin is discussed. The marine ecology of coastal areas and red tides in the United States are discussed including Florida, New England, and Southern California. Scientists interviewed include Bernard C. Abbott (University of Southern California Allan Hancock Foundation), Karen Steidinger (Florida state Dept of Natural Resources’ Marine Research Laboratory, St. Petersburg), Perry W. Gilbert  (Mote Marine Laboratory), Dorothy F. Soule and Mikihito Oguri (University of Southern California Allan Hancock Foundation), Charles S. Yentsch and Clarise M. Yentsch (University of Massachusetts Gloucester Marine Station), Osmund Holm-Hansen (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) showing the vertical deep tank at the Hydraulics Laboratory, Theodore L. Jahn (UCLA), H. David Baldridge (Mote Marine Laboratory), Dean F. Martin (University of South Florida), Tim O’Brien and Alvin Siger (University of Southern California Allan Hancock Foundation), and Young S. Kim (University of South Florida).
  • Flip Favorites (1978): Closing portion of SIO 75th Anniversary musical show.
  • Roger Revelle discusses Scripps participation in atomic bomb test monitoring with John Isaacs (1978): short clip
  • Robotics in Undersea Systems (circa 1980): Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego (now SPAWAR) undersea robotics work in 1978 to 1980. A computer-controlled autonomous underwater vehicle was developed utilizing on-board cameras, magnetic pipeline sensors, underwater manipulator arm, voice control and computer voice response, telepresence, etc. Another underwater robotic system called Work Systems Package, provides underwater manipulative capability at great depth, and can be used with a Pontoon Implacement Vehicle to retrieve downed aircraft.
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit Scripps (February 1983): silent clip of Scripps Director William Nierenberg hosting and Gerald Kooyman showing his marine mammal research; Nierenberg gives a presentation copy of a book of nudibranch photos by Jim Lance
  • Roger Revelle speaking about Edward Goldberg (August 1989): clip from The Edward D. Goldberg Symposium "Chemisty and Our Environment: Science and Public Policy," SIO, 11 August 1989
  • History of Research Diving Symposium (September 1991): a symposium honoring SIO Diving Officer James R. Stewart upon his retirement.
    • Paul Dayton, speaking on James Stewart's role in research diving and science
    • Andreas Rechnitzer, speaking on early Scripps diving history
    • Hugh Bradner, speaking on early research scuba diving and diving regulations
    • Bob Livingston, speaking on early research diving, including Capricorn Expedition
    • James Stewart, speaking on his diving experiences
  • SIO diving officer James R. Stewart is presented with the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association “Pioneer Award” (1991) : includes biographical information and acceptance remarks by Stewart
  • Heard Island: An Experiment in Sound (1991): film about the Heard Island Experiment, which measured acoustic signals generated at Heard Island and received at long distances in the world oceans, in order to record their transit times, relating it to ocean temperature. Footage shows work at sea and on land, with extensive coverage of Walter Munk. Speakers include Walter Munk (SIO), Andrew Forbes (CSIRO, Australia), Theodore Birdsall (Univ of Michigan), Robert Spindel (Univ of Washington), Forsyth Kineon (NOAA/NOS), and Mel Briscoe (Office of Naval Research).
  • UCSD Tribute to Roger Revelle. UCSD, 14 October 1991
  • Sub-Human II: successful Guinness Record run on October 24, 1992 by propeller-driven Sub-Human II human powered submarine, built by the Scripps Ocean Technology Forum Human Powered Submarine Team organized by Kevin R. Hardy.
  • Recollections of People & Activities at Scripps in the 1930s (July 1993)
  • One Man's Noise, Stories of an Adventuresome Oceanographer, 1993: biography of Scripps' Walter Munk
  • Fred Spiess: Charles Kofoid's Role in the Origin of Scripps (July 1993)
  • Launching of the R/V Roger Revelle (April 1995): clip of Ellen Revelle christening the ship and its launching in Moss Point, Mississippi
  • ROV taking bottom samples in La Jolla Canyon at 2,900 feet (August 1995): clip collage from Eric Vetter's post-doctoral research at Scripps on benthic ecology of local underwater canyons
  • FLIP: Inside & Out (n.d., 1990s): stock footage walking onboard & throughout the FLoating Instrument Platform vessel --- see EVERYTHING about FLIP
  • Coastal Oceanography at the Center for Coastal Studies (2000): film shows the scientific work of the Center for Coastal Studies at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scientific studies focus on beach erosion, nearshore waves and currents, water flow in bays and estuaries, coastal ocean circulation, and meteorology. Shows the Center for Coastal Studies staff, students, and  facilities. Myrl Hendershott is shown lecturing. A research group monitors sand movement next to Scripps Pier. A research group works at the outer banks of  North Carolina to study effects of waves on beach sand, including use of an amphibious surf buggy, amphibious vehicle, and a submerged instrument tower. A research group studies water flow in Mission Bay, San Diego, using satellite tracked drifters. A research group studies Santa Barbara Channel currents, using buoys with scientific equipment attached. A research group studies marine clouds and fog near Monterey, California, using airborne observations from C13 Hercules airplanes and ground-based meteorological stations. Clint Winant and Myrl Hendershott are shown on the SIO Pier.
  • Charles Keeling receiving National Medal of Science (2001): clips of Charles Keeling and his work, and medal award by President George Bush.
  • Atlantic Ocean Hydrothermal Vents (September 2002): clip collage of two submersibles at vents
  • 100 Years of Exploration, Scripps Institution of Oceanography 1903-2003. Film on the history of Scripps. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Explorations: Volume 11, Number 3, Winter 2005