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 more than 60 different sites or installations at 28 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.

Freshwater & Marine
Freshwater & Marine
Transnational Access

AQUACOSM-plus First Call for Transnational Access to European Aquatic Mesocosm Facilities in 2021

More information at Transnational Access, the AQUACOSM-plus-TA Calendar and at Mesocosm Facilities on open facilities and dates to join planned mesocosm experiments and/or propose new experiments. Application deadline: 30th April 2021 before 13:00 CET

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LMU Mesocosms
The Netherlands
IGB LakeLab
Iberian Pond Network (IPN)
Portugal, Spain

META-Analyisis Workshop in May 2021 is Virtual and…

Date 12/05/2021 Within the AQUACOSM-plus Workpackage 6 on Defining Grand Challenges in aquatic mesocosm research, Helmut Hillebrand (University of Oldenburg) and Silke Langenheder (Uppsala University)…

Metadata submission Guides – A series of guidance…

Have a look at these Guidance Videos on Metadata and its submission to our metadata portal in the frame of AQUACOSM activities. Interesting for all…

Consequences of global change on aquatic ecosystems: Webinar…

AQUACOSM-Plus held a series of 4 webinars on "Consequences of global change on aquatic ecosystems" in October 2020. Each webinar consisted of an "Incentive Talk"…

Study of mesopredator effects in mesocosms.

At the research station Solberstrand (NIVA, Norwegian Institute for Water Research), South Norway, we have over years established 12 similar rocky shore ecosystems with high diversity of seaweeds and macrofauna. Each mesocosm has a volume of about 12 m3, has…

Prensentation about Ocean-based CO2 removal strategies now available

It has been a great pleasure to listen to Andreas Oschlies from GEMOAR and his talk about “Ocean-based CO2 removal strategies” He kindly agreed to share his presentation on our website, for those who are interested. [wpfilebase tag=file id=1416 tpl=simple…

Within the AQUACOSM-plus Workpackage 6 on Defining Grand Challenges in aquatic mesocosm research, Helmut Hillebrand (University of Oldenburg) and Silke Langenheder (Uppsala University) offer a Meta-Analysis Workshop in May 2021. The aim of the workshop is i) to provide an [...]
Contributions are invited to an exciting special session at the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 22–27 June 2021:    SS73 Coupling long-term observations and experimental approaches to best address challenges emerging from global change   In this session, contributions addressing how to [...]
Aquatic Sciences for a Sustainable Future:  Nurturing Cooperation Following the pressing needs of the society to ensure a sustainable future, amidst human-influenced environmental changes, the theme of the meeting is Aquatic Sciences for a Sustainable Future: Nurturing Cooperation. Underdeveloped and [...]


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.