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  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Site review team sets sail

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • P1604

  • Sunset

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sediment trap team

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Loading day

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Bongo nets

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD data watch

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • MOCNESS deployment

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