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.

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

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…

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…

Webinar Series – Consequences of global changes on…

Full details of the webinar and how to participate are now available here. Save the date: AQUACOSM-plus webinar series on Consequences of global change on aquatic ecosystems, October 2020.

Extra Call for Transnational Access to European Aquatic…

Application deadline for Transnational Access: 24th March 2020 before 13:00 CET.  NOTE THIS CALL IS FOR APPLICANTS FROM EU OR ASSOCIATED COUNTRIES. The EU Research Infrastructure project AQUACOSM has opened the final ADDITIONAL CALL for Transnational Access to fund participation or leadership of mesocosm experiments in 2020. We…

Postponed to 12-16.04.2021 and will be Virtual due to COVID-19. More information will follow - Stay tuned! Abstracts will be invited for the 2nd International Aquatic Mesocosm Research Symposium - from local processes to cross-domain interactions. Complete the Abstract Submission Form. [...]


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.