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  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

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

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Bongo nets

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

  • Site review team sets sail

  • CCE sunset

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

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

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

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Washing down bongo nets

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.