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  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Bongo nets

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

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

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

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

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

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

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

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

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • CCE sunset

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Washing down bongo nets

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.