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  • Sunset in the California Current

  • P1604

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sediment trap team

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Loading day

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sunset

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • CTD data watch

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.