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  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Loading day

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CTD data watch

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sediment trap team

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • P1604

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

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.