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  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CTD data watch

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • "Radiolarian"

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Loading day

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Sediment trap team

  • P1604

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Bongo nets

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

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.