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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SYKE Marine Research Centre opens Indoor Mesocosm Facility…

SYKE Marine Research Centre will open our brand new Indoor Mesocosm Facility for international access during 2019 through the Transnational Access procedure of the H2020…

TA access at the Artificial Pond and stream…

Project title: Metformin Transformation in a Large Scale Artificial River System Project acronym: TransMet Project duration: May to August 2018 Metformin is one of the…

Phytoplankton in the mesocosms

Are some species of phytoplankton favoured by turbulent water? For two weeks, an international research team has utilized the mesocosm facility at Umeå Marine Sciences…

Impact of Microplastics on food web structure and…

Approximately 311 million metric ton of plastics were produced in 2014 alone, and production is steadily increasing each year. Up to 10 % of the plastic produced each year worldwide ends up in the aquatic environment, where it persists and…

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 project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR). This experiment focuses on the effects…

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 relative influence of the two most important nutrients, phosphorus and nitrogen, is the subject of…

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 experiment. The topic of this experiment is trait-related feedback dynamics in natural plankton communities…

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…

Special Mesocosm-focussed session announcement to be held as part of ASLO 2019 in Puerto Rico. Maria Stockenreiter, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich (stockenreiter@bio.lmu.de) Patrick Fink, University of Cologne (patrick.fink@uni-koeln.de) Jens Christian Nejstgaard, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland (nejstgaard@igb-berlin.de) Well controlled and highly [...]
SEFS11 will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, from June 30 to July 5, 2019. The venue will be the Westin Hotel. Leaning on a 20-year tradition of the Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, the goal is yet again to bring [...]
The 3rd AQUACOSM General Assembly (GA) will be held 25-29 March 2019






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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