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  • Sunset

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Pelagic red crab

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sediment trap team

  • Loading day

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • P1604

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CTD data watch

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.