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  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sunset

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • P1604

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CTD data watch

  • Loading day

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

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