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  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sunset

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Loading day

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Bongo nets

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Sediment trap team

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Site review team sets sail

  • "Radiolarian"

  • P1604

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sediment trap deployment

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.