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  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • 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

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Bongo nets

  • CCE sunset

  • MOCNESS preparation

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

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

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.