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  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CTD data watch

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Bongo nets

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sunset

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Pelagic red crab

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Loading day

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • P1604

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

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.