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  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sediment trap team

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Bongo nets

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Loading day

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • P1604

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • CTD data watch

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • 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