Site: California Current Ecosystem LTER

R/V Roger Revelle at sea, one of the research vessels CCE uses to investigate primary production, carbon export,
and plankton food web structure.
Credit: SIO Ship Operations

Process studies and related time series measurements reveal the under-appreciated importance of episodic events in the oceanic carbon budget. Spatial and temporal perturbations to the carbon cycle can be associated with (sub)mesoscale features (fronts, eddies, and filaments), which CCE LTER researchers have shown tend to be sites with enhanced phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass and production, and vertical carbon flux.