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  • Ralf filling bottles

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Bongo nets

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sediment trap team

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • P1604

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loading day

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD data watch

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

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