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  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CTD data watch

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sunset

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Bongo nets

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Loading day

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Sediment trap team

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • P1604

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

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