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  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sediment trap team

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepods of CCE

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD data watch

  • P1604

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Bongo nets

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Loading day

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

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