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  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Bongo nets

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Site review team sets sail

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Phaeodarians

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Loading day

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sediment trap team

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • P1604

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Copepods of CCE

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Sunset

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

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