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  • Sunset

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD data watch

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap team

  • P1604

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Bongo nets

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Loading day

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

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