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

SYKE-MRC (Marine Research Centre) Mesocosm Facility

Legal name of organisation (short name)
Marine Research Centre
Country
Finland
Continent
Europe
Organisation address

Marine Research Centre (MRC)
Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki FINLAND

Infrastructure (short name)
SYKE-MRC (Marine Research Centre) Mesocosm Facility
Infrastructure address

Helsinki, Finland

Coordinates / (routes, areas if non-static)
Facility location(s)
Description of the Infrastructure

Description of the infrastructure: The SYKE-MRC Indoor Mesocosm Facility is part of SYKE’s Marine Ecology Laboratory hosting indoor experimental systems in a range of volumes up to 300 L. Temperature and light conditions are well controlled. The facility has several walk-in climate chambers and modern laboratories equipped with a wide range of instruments, including advanced bio-optical methods, such as flow cytometer, CytoSense, imaging FlowCam, Imaging flow Cytobot and LISST-Holo 2, high- quality microscopes, spectrophotometer with integrating sphere, spectrofluorometers, FRR fluorometers, plate readers, controllable LED panels, nutrient analysers, and an isotope laboratory. Furthermore, SYKE-MRC Indoor Mesocosm is associated with a phytoplankton culture collection including hundreds of strains that can be used in experimental studies. Please see also the gear gallery: https://www.finmari-infrastructure.fi/gear-gallery/finnish-environment-institute-syke/ 

SYKE-MRC Indoor Mesocosm Facility hosts a wide range of temperature and light-controlled experimental units up to 300 L (left), attractive to teams of international experts (right).
Primary contact information (PI)

Maiju Lehtiniemi

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Katri Kuuppo

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments
periodically since 1988
Description of Facility

pelagic – marine – indoor

Indoor experimental systems in a range of volumes, with integrated incubation condition control, data retrieval, and their on-line presentation. Also ice tanks available for ice ecology research

 

Controlled Parameters

Temperature, light, pH, pCO2, nutrient levels, community composition

Research Topics

Planktonic food web, phytoplankton ecology, stoichiometry, biodiversity, ice ecology

Primary interests
Specialist areas
Photos of experiments/installations
ndoor medium-scale experimental unit
SYKE-MRC field mesocosm work at Tvärminne

 

 

 

Infrastructure (short name)
SYKE-MRC (Marine Research Centre) Mesocosm Facility
Modality of access

Modality of access under AQUACOSM:total of at least 336 person-days will be allocated to external users through AQUACOSM Transnational Access provision in years 2-4. Access is offered to a minimum of 4 persons for an average of 20 days each year. Access costs will be declared on the basis of a combination of Unit and Actual Costs (186 € and 165 € per user-day, respectively), the latter covering specific support from SYKE-MRC staff.

Modality of access under AQUACOSM-plus: A total of at least 240 person-days will be allocated to external users through AQUACOSM-plus TA provision. Access is offered to a minimum of 6 persons for an average of 20 days per year within M10-45. However, a smaller user numbers per year is preferred to distribute over 3 years. Access costs will be declared on the basis of a combination of Unit and Actual Costs, the latter covering specific support from SYKE- MRC staff.

Unit of access
What service and support facilities are available

Services currently offered by the infrastructure: External users have full access to the SYKE-MRC Mesocosm Facility and benefit from additional support provided by the associated facilities. Technical and analytical support by experienced staff is available when costs are covered. Access to the basic facility includes preparation of mesocosms for experiments or other uses, including sampling and sample transport of natural water or organisms, basic physico-chemical and bio-optical monitoring of the experimental units with the automated sampling and analysis platform AquaBox, equipment for sampling and sample preparation, wet-lab and laboratory bench space needed by users bringing their own instrumentation. Comparisons, calibration and validation of bio-optical instruments, and tests of real-time data acquisition systems, representing the specific expertise of the scientific staff, is offered to external users. In addition to ecological experiments on plankton, the indoor mesocosm facility provides an attractive platform for methodological R&D investigations by external users e.g. topics related Blue Growth or instrument development and testing under variable but controlled environmental and biological conditions.

Support offered under AQUACOSM: Users under AQUACOSM have access to the indoor mesocosms, lab space, instruments and service by scientific, technical and administrative staff. to lab space and the associated facilities, to standard disposables and administrative and logistic support and to laboratory services listed above, as agreed upon in a user-access contract. Staff will provide training in the use of the facilities where necessary. Advanced technical or analytical support by SYKE-MRC researchers and laboratory technicians is available upon request within the limits set by available Actual Costs.

Support offered under AQUACOSM-plus: Users have access to the indoor mesocosms, lab space, instruments and service by scientific, technical and administrative staff, the associated facilities, standard disposables and administrative and logistic support and laboratory services listed above, as agreed upon in a user-access contract. Staff will provide training in the use of the facilities where necessary. Advanced technical or analytical support by SYKE-MRC researchers and laboratory technicians is available upon request within the limits set by available Actual Costs.

Accommodation

City location – commercial lodging

Special rules