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  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Loading day

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Bongo nets

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • P1604

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sediment trap team

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • CTD data watch

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sunset

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • 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