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  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Loading day

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Bongo nets

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sediment trap team

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sunset

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • P1604

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

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