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  • Members of Tony Koslow’s lab prepare for a midwater MOHT net trawl

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Fourth of July celebration on the R/V New Horizon

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sunset

  • Randie Bundy showing off her poster at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CCE sunset

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loading day

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Bongo nets

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Washing down bongo nets

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.