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 Transnational Access to European Aquatic Mesocosm Facilities

Between 2021 and 2023 AQUACOSM-plus will offer >13000 person-days of Transnational Access (TA) to more than 60 different leading and highly complementary European mesocosm facilities located at 28 AQUACOSM-plus partners throughout Europe.

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Atmospheric deposition in the sea: is it manna…

If you go to the coastline and look far away at the open sea, you will notice the beautiful scene of the sky and the…

Joint AQUACOSM-plus and JERICO-S3 study on Baltic Sea…

Climate change is causing increasingly frequent heat waves, which not only hit land areas, but also coastal seas. An increase in the water temperature affects…

AQUACOSM-plus explainer video: What is Transnational Access?

The primary objective of Transnational Access (TA) is to provide access to more than 60 different leading and highly complementary mesocosm facilities located at 28…

Fish and Oxygen-induced Alterations to the Migration of…

The depletion of oxygen from bottom waters (hypolimnion) of lakes and reservoirs is becoming more frequent because of climate change and eutrophication. Low dissolved oxygen (hypoxia) can release nutrients from sediments and degrade water quality, alter animal behaviour and food…

Effects of consecutive heat waves on the resistance,…

Marine systems are facing an increase in the frequency of extreme events and especially climate change scenarios foreshadow the increase of heat waves in the future. Increasing heat waves can alter planktonic diversity, interactions between different groups, and key processes.…

AQUACOSM-plus is organising another training school for mesocosm-based research between October 24th and 28th 2022 in Cluj, Romania. This five-day school offers a unique training opportunity for students and early-career researchers in using experimental mesocosms in aquatic ecology. Topics will [...]
Organised by SYKE through the MINKE project, a hybrid training workshop will take place between 15th - 17th November 2022. This workshop will take place over three days, and is aimed at early career marine scientists. Day 1 will focus [...]


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.