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  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CTD data watch

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Bongo nets

  • Loading day

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • P1604

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