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  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CTD data watch

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Loading day

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sediment trap team

  • P1604

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • UVP and Tristan

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