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Other LTER Network Sites
  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Site review team sets sail

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CCE sunset

  • Sunset

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Fourth of July celebration on the R/V New Horizon

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Loading day

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Members of Tony Koslow’s lab prepare for a midwater MOHT net trawl

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • CTD data watch

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Pelagic red crab

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • P1604

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Randie Bundy showing off her poster at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Doliolids at Cycle 4

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Bongo nets

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.