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  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Bongo nets

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sediment trap team

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • UVP and Tristan

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loading day

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Sunset

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • P1604

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CTD data watch

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Site review team sets sail

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Washing down bongo nets

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.