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  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD data watch

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Bongo nets

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sunset

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • P1604

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sediment trap team

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • "Radiolarian"

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Loading day

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

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.

Cruise Blog: Follow along with the scientists of the CCE LTER research project on the P1706 process cruise studying upwelling filaments off the California Coast