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

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sunset

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Bongo nets

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Washing down bongo nets

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

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Pelagic red crab

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • P1604

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Loading day

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE sunset

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

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • CTD data watch

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • UVP and Tristan

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.