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Other LTER Network Sites
  • CTD data watch

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Loading day

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • P1604

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Bongo nets

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sunset

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

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