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  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Bongo nets

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sediment trap team

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • P1604

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Loading day

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Site review team sets sail

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CTD data watch

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sediment trap deployment

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.