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  • Site review team sets sail

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

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

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

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Bongo nets

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

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

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE sunset

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

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

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.