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  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Loading day

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Site review team sets sail

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Bongo nets

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CTD data watch

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sediment trap team

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • P1604

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Midwater dragonfish

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