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Other LTER Network Sites
  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • UVP and Tristan

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Loading day

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • P1604

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CTD data watch

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Bongo nets

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sunset

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

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