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  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CTD data watch

  • Sunset

  • Loading day

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Bongo nets

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • UVP and Tristan

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sediment trap team

  • P1604

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

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