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  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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

  • Bongo nets

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CCE sunset

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

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

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

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

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • MOCNESS preparation

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

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sediment trap deployment

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.