For Researchers

Data sharing, proposals, etc...

For Educators & Students

Lesson plans, multimedia, etc...

For the Public

Links, webcams, etc...

Other LTER Network Sites
  • Loading day

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Bongo nets

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sediment trap team

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • P1604

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CTD data watch

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Copepods of CCE

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • "Radiolarian"

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sunset

  • Phaeodarians

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

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