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  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

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

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Sediment trap deployment

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

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

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

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

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

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CCE sunset

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • 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.