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.
19 April - 12 May 2016
RAPID cruise on the R/V Sikuliaq to measure responses of the California Current Ecosystem to El Niño of 2015-2016. Read the Cruise Blog.
22-26 Feb. 2016
Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Numerous CCE graduate students, PI's, and Associates attended.
20-21 Jan. 2016
Pacific Anomalies Workshop 2, Seattle. Art Miller, Uwe Send, and Mark Ohman represented CCE.
13-16 Dec. 2015
CalCOFI Conference, followed by El Niño workshop, Moss Landing, CA. Several CCE people attended.
4 Dec. 2015 - NEWS FLASH!
El Niño response cruise. NSF has funded the CCE RAPID proposal to measure pelagic ecosystem responses to the currently intensifying El Niño. The cruise on the R/V Sikuliaq will take place approximately 18 April-10 May 2016, at the onset of the upwelling season
5 Nov. 2015
Planning for Change Workshop, Sacramento. CCE was represented by Mark Ohman.
3 Nov. 2015
Southwest Climate Summit, Sacramento. CCE was represented by Mark Ohman.
30 Oct. 2015
Science Fridays. Just in time for Halloween, a few images of carnivorous zooplankton from Christian Sardet's book Plankton: Wonders of the Drifting World are posted on the Science Fridays website.
12 Oct. 2015
CCE Annual Meeting, SIO. Updates from all elements of the CCE program, including graduate student and postdoctoral research.
30 Aug. - 2 Sept. 2015
All-Scientists Meeting, Estes Park, CO. Numerous participants from CCE, including PI's, Information Manager, graduate students, and a postdoc.
28 July - 2 Aug. 2015
Oc1507b cruise. Co-chief scientists Brandon Stephens and Angel Ruacho led a group of CCE graduate students in studies of organic matter cycling and benthic boundary layer trace metal fluxes in the Southern California Bight, aboard the R/V Oceanus.
20-23 July 2015
OCB Summer Workshop, Woods Hole, MA. Mark Ohman and Mati Kahru from CCE attended.
11-17 June 2015
SKrillEX2 cruise. Chief scientist Cat Nickels led a group of CCE graduate students in sampling and experimental studies off 9-mile bank on the R/V Sproul, supported primarily from UC Ship Funds.