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  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sediment trap team

  • UVP and Tristan

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sunset

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • CTD data watch

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Phaeodarians

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Loading day

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • P1604

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Holey sock retrieval

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.