The California Current Ecosystem LTER is part of the network of Long-Term Ecological Research sites funded by the National Science Foundation.
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.
CCE News and Announcements
On Feb. 17 CCE will set sail on the R.V. Revelle for a month-long research cruise investigating the processes driving long-term change in the California Current coastal upwelling biome. Our team of scientists, students, and volunteers will focus on elucidating the impacts of multiple stressors on open-ocean ecosystems during marineRead more.
Rasmus Swalethorp, a CCE & CalCOFI Researcher, was interviewed by KPBS on his collaborative paper regarding anchovy trophic shifts and larval diet in Nature Communications. He was also featured in the health and science section of the La Jolla Light news. Swalethorp et al. (2023): Link to paper KPBS interview:Read more.
Two recent CCE publications on ocean acidification were highlighted in the UCSD Scripps News: Wolfe et al. (2023): Scientists Publish 37-Year Record of Ocean Acidification off Southern California | Scripps Institution of Oceanography Lampe et al. (2023): Ocean Acidification in Coastal Upwelling Regions Shown to Impact Phytoplankton Nutrient Acquisition |Read more.