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  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sediment trap team

  • Bongo nets

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Loading day

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sunset

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CTD data watch

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Pelagic red crab

  • P1604

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS deployment

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