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  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CTD data watch

  • Site review team sets sail

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

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

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • P1604

  • Sunset

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • CCE sunset

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Loading day

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

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

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

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

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Bongo nets

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

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.

The San Diego Reader covers San Marcos Middle School students at Birch Aquarium having live video chat with CCE LTER researchers out at sea aboard the RV Sikuliaq, studying El Niño.