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  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

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

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Bongo nets

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

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

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

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CCE sunset

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Krill and micronekton soup

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

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.