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  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Bongo nets

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CTD data watch

  • Copepods of CCE

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • P1604

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Site review team sets sail

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Loading day

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sunset

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

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.