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  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Loading day

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CCE sunset

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

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

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

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • "Radiolarian"

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

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sunset

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Bongo nets

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • 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.