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

ASLO 2017 worldwide invitation to AQUACOSM: A network of leading European aquatic mesocosm facilities connecting mountains to oceans from the artic to the Mediterranean


Experimentation in mesocosms is arguably the single most powerful approach to obtain a mechanistic quantitative understanding of ecosystem-level impacts of stressors in complex systems, especially when embedded in long-term observations, theoretical models and experiments conducted at other scales. The new EU-H2020 project AQUACOSM (2017-2020) builds on a former European network project FP7-MESOAQUA (2009-2012) that involved 7 pelagic marine mesocosm Research Infrastructures (RIs), where 167 users conducted 74 collaborative projects. AQUACOSM will greatly enhance that network by granting >340 users in total >11500 days access to 21 RIs, including freshwater (rivers and lakes), brackish, benthic and pelagic marine facilities, from mountains to ocean. AQUACOSM will integrate scattered know-how between freshwater and marine RIs. AQUACOSM will also unite aquatic mesocosm science in an open network beyond the core consortium, with industry involved in innovation to promote ground- breaking developments in mesocosm technology, instrumentation and data processing. A new dimension of experimental ecosystem science will be reached by coordinated mesocosm experiments along transects from the Mediterranean to the Arctic and beyond salinity boundaries. Overall, AQUACOSM aims to fill a global void by forging an integrated freshwater and marine research infrastructure network.


Nejstgaard, J. C., Leibniz Insitute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany,

Berger, S. A., Leibniz Insitute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany,



Oral presentation

Session #:072
Date: 03/02/2017
Time: 15:15
Location: 313 A
Presentation is given by student: No



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