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  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Loading day

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Copepods of CCE

  • P1604

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Bongo nets

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Sunset

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD data watch

  • Doliolids at Cycle 4

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Randie Bundy showing off her poster at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE sunset

  • Members of Tony Koslow’s lab prepare for a midwater MOHT net trawl

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Fourth of July celebration on the R/V New Horizon

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • 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.