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  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

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

  • CCE sunset

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Bongo nets

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS preparation

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

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

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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

  • MOCNESS deployment

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.