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  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CTD data watch

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Sunset

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sediment trap team

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • P1604

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Bongo nets

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Loading day

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

The California Current System is a coastal upwelling biome, as found along the eastern margins of all major ocean basins. These are among the most productive ecosystems in the world ocean.

The California Current Ecosystem LTER (32.9°, -120.3°) is investigating nonlinear transitions in the California Current coastal pelagic ecosystem, with particular attention to long-term forcing by a secular warming trend, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and El Niño in altering the structure and dynamics of the pelagic ecosystem. The California Current sustains active fisheries for a variety of finfish and marine invertebrates, modulates weather patterns and the hydrologic cycle of much of the western United States, and plays a vital role in the economy of myriad coastal communities.

Cruise Blog: Follow along with the scientists of the CCE LTER research project on the P1706 process cruise studying upwelling filaments off the California Coast