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  • UVP and Tristan

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Bongo nets

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sediment trap team

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sunset

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Loading day

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Site review team sets sail

  • P1604

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD data watch

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

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