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  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Loading day

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Bongo nets

  • Sunset

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CTD data watch

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Phaeodarians

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sediment trap team

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • P1604

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

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