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  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Bongo nets

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

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

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

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

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE sunset

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Midwater dragonfish

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

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Loading day

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Krill and micronekton soup

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.