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  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • P1604

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Loading day

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Bongo nets

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sunset

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CTD data watch

  • Sediment trap team

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Phaeodarians

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

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