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  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

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

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CCE sunset

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

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

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Bongo nets

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

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

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

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • MOCNESS preparation

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.