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Other LTER Network Sites
  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Bongo nets

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

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

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

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

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Loading day

  • CCE sunset

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • "Radiolarian"

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

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

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

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.