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  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

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

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • CCE sunset

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

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Bongo nets

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • 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 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.