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  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

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

  • Bongo nets

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

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • CCE sunset

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

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

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

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.