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  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sediment trap team

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Bongo nets

  • Site review team sets sail

  • P1604

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • CTD data watch

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Loading day

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sunset

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.