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  • Washing down bongo nets

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CTD data watch

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sediment trap team

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • P1604

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Copepods of CCE

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Loading day

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.