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  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Loading day

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Bongo nets

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD data watch

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sediment trap team

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sunset

  • UVP and Tristan

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • P1604

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