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  • UVP and Tristan

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Bongo nets

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CTD data watch

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Loading day

  • Pelagic red crab

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • "Radiolarian"

  • P1604

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sediment trap team

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Copepods of CCE

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sunset

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

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