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Other LTER Network Sites
  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • P1604

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Bongo nets

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sediment trap team

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CTD data watch

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Loading day

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sunset

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Copepods of CCE

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Holey sock retrieval

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