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Other LTER Network Sites
  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Copepods of CCE

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Loading day

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Bongo nets

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sunset

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Phaeodarians

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • UVP and Tristan

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CTD data watch

  • P1604

  • Sediment trap team

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Holey sock retrieval

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