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Other LTER Network Sites
  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Loading day

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Bongo nets

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • P1604

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sunset

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • "Radiolarian"

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CTD data watch

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