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  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sunset

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Bongo nets

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • P1604

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • UVP and Tristan

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Loading day

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • "Radiolarian"

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Copepods of 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.

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