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  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CTD data watch

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Bongo nets

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Loading day

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sediment trap team

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Copepods of CCE

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • P1604

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sunset

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

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