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  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Site review team sets sail

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CTD data watch

  • UVP and Tristan

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Loading day

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Pelagic red crab

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sunset

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • P1604

  • Bongo nets

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sunset in the California Current

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