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  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Sediment trap team

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sunset

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Loading day

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Bongo nets

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • P1604

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • "Radiolarian"

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

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