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  • Site review team sets sail

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

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

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

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

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Krill and micronekton soup

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

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Bongo nets

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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

  • CCE sunset

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

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.