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  • Copepods of CCE

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sediment trap team

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CTD data watch

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sunset

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Site review team sets sail

  • P1604

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Loading day

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Bongo nets

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

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