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  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • "Radiolarian"

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • P1604

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Phaeodarians

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Bongo nets

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD data watch

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Loading day

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

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