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  • Site review team sets sail

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE sunset

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Bongo nets

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

  • Sampling water from the CTD

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

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

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

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Krill and micronekton soup

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

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Preparing to deploy Bongo nets

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Midwater MOHT net recovery

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Scientific party, Process cruise

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

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.