For Researchers

Data sharing, proposals, etc...

For Educators & Students

Lesson plans, multimedia, etc...

For the Public

Links, webcams, etc...

Other LTER Network Sites
  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sunset

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • P1604

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sediment trap team

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CTD data watch

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Loading day

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • UVP and Tristan

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Midwater dragonfish

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