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  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Loading day

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • P1604

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD data watch

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sunset

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Bongo nets

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

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.

Cruise Blog: Follow along with the scientists of the CCE LTER research project on the P1706 process cruise studying upwelling filaments off the California Coast