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  • Site review team sets sail

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • MOCNESS preparation

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

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE sunset

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Bongo nets

  • Bridge Event Logger

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

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

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

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

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

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.