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  • Bridge Event Logger

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

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • CCE sunset

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

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

  • "Radiolarian"

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

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Bongo nets

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Loading day

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sunset

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

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.