EU network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration.

Objective: to strengthen EU network of mesocosm facilities and promote joint research initiatives, capacity building and standardisation.

Extensive Transnational Access to at least 37 different sites or installations at 18 selected leading and highly complementary European mesocosm facilities

Geographic range from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. Unique infrastructures in catchments from mountains to lowlands; rivers, ponds, lakes, estuaries and the sea.

Transnational Access

AQUACOSM offers Transnational Access to at least 37 different sites or installations at 18 selected leading and highly complementary European mesocosm facilities. Ranging from the Sub-Arctic to the Mediterranean, from mountains to lowlands, estuarine to fully marine systems, and spanning from ultra-oligotrophic to hyper-eutrophic conditions, they represent a cross section of typical European aquatic ecosystems.

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AQUACOSM TA – Effect of Warming on the…

A mesocosm experiment at MEDIMEER, Sète, France, April 2018 An in situ mesocosm experiment is currently running (April 2018) as a part of the PHOTOPHYTO…

Tracking the effects of reduced nitrogen loading

A mesocosm experiment at LMWE Silkeborg Denmark 2018 Whilst we know for certain that eutrophication in fresh waters is caused by increased nutrient levels, the…

Transnational Access at SLS – Seeon Limnological Station…

We welcome our first transnational access trainee, Kelsey Lyberger from UC Davis, CA, USA. Kelsey just arrived at SLS and will work within a field…

Mesocosm facilities for research on marine and freshwater…

Jens Nejstgaard (project coordinator) explains the importance of mesocosm facilities and why the AQUACOSM project and its facilities are unique. Mesocosms are used to conduct well-replicated large-scale experiments to investigate how entire ecosystems react to different stressors. AQUACOSM is unique…

Mitigating a major marine oil-spill: Is in-situ burning…

A European-funded mesocosm experiment will try to answer It was in the middle of a storm, on December 14th 1907, when the Thomas W. Lawson, a seven-masted steel-hulled schooner, was sank in the Isles of Scilly (UK), releasing 7,400 tonnes…

Additional Call for Transnational Access to European Aquatic…

AQUACOSM offers scientists, students, trainees, enterprises and others Transnational Access (TA) to mesocosm facilities in diverse aquatic environments throughout Europe. This additional call is now open for Transnational Access activities in the second half of 2018 at two AQUACOSM partner…

Aquatic mesocosm research reveals methane emissions from shallow…

Evidence from experimental lakes shows the combination of nutrient enrichment and warming has a synergistic effect on rates of methane bubble production and release. The new study is published in the Scientific Journal, Nature Climate: Synergy between nutrients and warming…

Release of AQUACOSM App (for Android OS devices)

Have you ever wondered how marine and freshwater scientists experiment with large bodies of water?  Do you want to see how the water microbes look like?  Do you want to know what happens to the sea microbes after a dust…







Training

AQUACOSM aims at training young scientists in rigorous aquatic experimental ecosystem research at relevant scales and to provide a critical link between long-term observational data (i.e. low and high frequency monitoring data from classical and novel observatories) and ecosystem model development and validation.

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