California Current Ecosystem LTER

The California Current Ecosystem (CCE) is a coastal upwelling biome, as found along the eastern margins of all major ocean basins. These are among the most productive coastal ecosystems in the world ocean. The CCE 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.

MOCNESS Deployment

electronically controlled plankton nets

sediment trap

Sediment trap is affixed to a drogued buoy.

Video Plankton Recorder

A camera records images of zooplankton


Food web base

Califirnia Current LTER Satellite Image

Elevated phytoplankton concentrations

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