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  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD data watch

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Loading day

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Site review team sets sail

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Bongo nets

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sunset

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sediment trap team

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • P1604

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • 8th graders tour SIO

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.