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  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sunset

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • P1604

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Bongo nets

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Loading day

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CTD data watch

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sediment trap team

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

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