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  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • MOCNESS deployment

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

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Melville dry lab

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

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Loading day

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sunset

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Bongo nets

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE sunset

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

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

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.