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  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CTD data watch

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sediment trap team

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Loading day

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • "Radiolarian"

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • P1604

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sunset

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Bongo nets

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Pelagic red crab

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

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