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  • Loading day

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Phaeodarians

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sunset

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Copepods of CCE

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Bongo nets

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CTD data watch

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • "Radiolarian"

  • P1604

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Washing down bongo nets

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