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  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CTD data watch

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Loading day

  • Sediment trap team

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • P1604

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sunset

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Bongo nets

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • UVP and Tristan

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

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