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Other LTER Network Sites
  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sunset

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Bongo nets

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Loading day

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • P1604

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Copepods of CCE

  • "Radiolarian"

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Phaeodarians

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