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  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • CCE sunset

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Randie Bundy showing off her poster at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

  • Members of Tony Koslow’s lab prepare for a midwater MOHT net trawl

  • The Barbeau lab gets ready to deploy the trace metal CTD

  • Fourth of July celebration on the R/V New Horizon

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Bongo nets

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.

Follow along with scientists and the teacher-at-sea aboard the
2014 CCE LTER research cruise by visiting the blog here.