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  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • P1604

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sunset

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Bongo nets

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sediment trap team

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loading day

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

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