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  • Sediment trap team

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • UVP and Tristan

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • P1604

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Loading day

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sunset

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Pelagic red crab

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • CTD data watch

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Bongo nets

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • "Radiolarian"

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

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