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  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Bongo nets

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Loading day

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD data watch

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • P1604

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sunset

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sediment trap team

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

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