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  • Site review team sets sail

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • P1604

  • Sunset

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Bongo nets

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Phaeodarians

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Loading day

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepods of CCE

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sediment trap team

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • CTD data watch

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

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