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  • Sediment trap team

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Bongo nets

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Loading day

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Copepods of CCE

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sunset

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • P1604

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CTD data watch

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

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