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  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Loading day

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • P1604

  • CTD data watch

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sunset

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap team

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

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