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  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD data watch

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sunset

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Bongo nets

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Loading day

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sediment trap team

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • P1604

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • UVP and Tristan

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sediment trap deployment

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