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  • Holey sock retrieval

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • P1604

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sunset

  • Bongo nets

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Sediment trap team

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Copepods of CCE

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Loading day

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CTD data watch

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

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