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  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Bridge Event Logger

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

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • CCE sunset

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

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

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

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

  • Washing down bongo nets

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

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • 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.