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  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sunset

  • Sediment trap team

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Loading day

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • CTD data watch

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • P1604

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Bongo nets

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

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