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  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sunset

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

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

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • P1604

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Loading day

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

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

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CTD data watch

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CCE sunset

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

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

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.

The San Diego Reader covers San Marcos Middle School students at Birch Aquarium having live video chat with CCE LTER researchers out at sea aboard the RV Sikuliaq, studying El Niño.