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  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Loading day

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Bongo nets

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD data watch

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • UVP and Tristan

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sunset

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sediment trap team

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • P1604

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Holey sock retrieval

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