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  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Bongo nets

  • P1604

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Phaeodarians

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sunset

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Copepods of CCE

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Loading day

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD data watch

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

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