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  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Bongo nets

  • Sediment trap team

  • Loading day

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • P1604

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sunset

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Site review team sets sail

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD data watch

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

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