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  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CTD data watch

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • P1604

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Bongo nets

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sunset

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Loading day

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

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