For Researchers

Data sharing, proposals, etc...

For Educators & Students

Lesson plans, multimedia, etc...

For the Public

Links, webcams, etc...

Other LTER Network Sites
  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD data watch

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • P1604

  • Sediment trap team

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Loading day

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Bongo nets

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • "Radiolarian"

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sunset

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

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