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  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Site review team sets sail

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

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

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

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Bridge Event Logger

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

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Bongo nets

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • CCE sunset

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

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.