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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Berger, S. A., Leibniz Insitute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany, email@example.com
AQUACOSM CONSORTIUM, A. C., EU HORIZON2020
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