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  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Loading day

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Bongo nets

  • Phaeodarians

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CTD data watch

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sunset

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sediment trap team

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • P1604

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

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