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  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

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

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

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

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

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CCE sunset

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

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

  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Bongo nets

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • 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.