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  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Bridge Event Logger

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

  • MOCNESS preparation

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

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

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

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CCE sunset

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Krill and micronekton soup

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

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Bongo nets

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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.