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Other LTER Network Sites
  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Bongo nets

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Loading day

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CTD data watch

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sediment trap team

  • Site review team sets sail

  • P1604

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Phaeodarians

  • Pelagic red crab

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

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