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  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sediment trap team

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Bongo nets

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Loading day

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • P1604

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Copepods of CCE

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sunset

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • 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