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  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • UVP and Tristan

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Site review team sets sail

  • P1604

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD data watch

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sunset

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sediment trap team

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Loading day

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Bongo nets

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

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