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  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Bongo nets

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

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

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

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • CCE sunset

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

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

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