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  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

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

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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

  • CCE sunset

  • Bongo nets

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

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

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

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

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Bridge Event Logger

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.