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  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sunset

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Bongo nets

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Loading day

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap team

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • P1604

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CTD data watch

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Ralf filling bottles

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.