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  • Site review team sets sail

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Loading day

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Bongo nets

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • P1604

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sediment trap team

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CTD data watch

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sunset

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.