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  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • UVP and Tristan

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CTD data watch

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • P1604

  • Bongo nets

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sunset

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Loading day

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

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.