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  • CCE sunset

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Site review team sets sail

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Randie Bundy showing off her poster at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Loading day

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Bongo nets

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Members of Tony Koslow’s lab prepare for a midwater MOHT net trawl

  • Sunset

  • Fourth of July celebration on the R/V New Horizon

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at 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.