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  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sediment trap team

  • Bongo nets

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Loading day

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Sunset

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • P1604

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Phaeodarians

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Mesopelagic copepod

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