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  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • P1604

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CTD data watch

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sunset

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Loading day

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • "Radiolarian"

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Pelagic red crab

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

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.

The San Diego Reader covers San Marcos Middle School students at Birch Aquarium having live video chat with CCE LTER researchers out at sea aboard the RV Sikuliaq, studying El Niño.