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  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • P1604

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Copepods of CCE

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Bongo nets

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Loading day

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sunset

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CTD data watch

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Site review team sets sail

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap team

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