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  • Midwater dragonfish

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CTD data watch

  • Bongo nets

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Loading day

  • Sunset

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • P1604

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Sediment trap team

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

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.

Scripps News: CCE LTER Research Findings on Carbon Cycle Feed Climate Research.