For Researchers

Data sharing, proposals, etc...

For Educators & Students

Lesson plans, multimedia, etc...

For the Public

Links, webcams, etc...

Other LTER Network Sites
  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • P1604

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loading day

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Bongo nets

  • Sunset

  • CTD data watch

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Pelagic red crab

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sediment trap team

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

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