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  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE sunset

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Randie Bundy showing off her poster at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Loading day

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sunset

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Bongo nets

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Fourth of July celebration on the R/V New Horizon

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Members of Tony Koslow’s lab prepare for a midwater MOHT net trawl

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Mesopelagic copepod

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.