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  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Bongo nets

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Randie Bundy showing off her poster at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • CCE sunset

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Members of Tony Koslow’s lab prepare for a midwater MOHT net trawl

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Loading day

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sunset

  • Fourth of July celebration on the R/V New Horizon

  • 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.