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  • Loading day

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • P1604

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CTD data watch

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap team

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sunset

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Copepods of CCE

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

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