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  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Loading day

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD data watch

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Bongo nets

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sediment trap team

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • P1604

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sunset

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