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  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Bongo nets

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • UVP and Tristan

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sunset

  • P1604

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Loading day

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sediment trap team

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CTD data watch

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