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Other LTER Network Sites
  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepods of CCE

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Loading day

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CTD data watch

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • P1604

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Bongo nets

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sunset

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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.

The San Diego Reader covers San Marcos Middle School students at Birch Aquarium having live video chat with CCE LTER researchers out at sea aboard the RV Sikuliaq, studying El Niño.