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  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Bongo nets

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sunset

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Copepods of CCE

  • P1604

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Loading day

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CTD data watch

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.