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  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Site review team sets sail

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

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

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

  • Bongo nets

  • CCE sunset

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Washing down bongo nets

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

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Krill and micronekton soup

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

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

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.