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  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • "Radiolarian"

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sediment trap team

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sunset

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Loading day

  • P1604

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CTD data watch

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Sikuliaq - 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