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

Umeå Marine Science Center

Umeå Marine Science Center

Short name: UMU
Contact name: Johan Wikner
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Partner Description

The Mesocosm Facility at Umeå Marine Sciences Center (MF-UMSC) shall advance our understanding of the structure and function of coastal ecosystems in the context of Land-Sea interaction and climate change. This includes knowledge about anthropogenic disturbance by both environmental toxins and nutrient enrichment, promoting effective measures for a sustainable environmental quality. The mesocosm facility enables advanced control of water column temperature stratification, light irradiance and convective stirring. In addition, near intact sediment layer can be applied at the bottom for study of benthic-pelagic interactions. Projects that require ice can be carried out with control of parameters such as freezing or thawing rate. Light spectra and intensity is controlled by a time program on the basis of latitude and time of day. A well-equipped research infrastructure (UMSC) can support mesocosm projects from water collection to sample analyses. Field data from ongoing long-term ecological time series accessible by a web interface provides valuable background data on hydrographical, chemical and biological parameters.

Role and Commitment of key person(s)

Johan Wikner m, PhD 1989 marine microbiology) Associate professor, Director of Umeå Marine Sciences Center. Marine microbiologist with more than 30 years of experience of field studies, mesocosm experiments and marine research infrastructure, leader of Aquacosm WP 7; JRA1: Transforming leading freshwater and marine technologies to enable pan-European experimental ecosystem studies in all climates;. ISI WoS statistics: 38 papers, 1823 citations, h-Index 24.

Project role AQUACOSM: Task Leader WP6.9: Provision of TA to UMU: UMUMSC; Leader WP7: JRA1: Transforming leading freshwater and marine technologies to enable pan-European experimental ecosystem studies in all climates; Contributor to WP5.

Project role AQAUCOSM-plus: Task Leader WP 4.3: Centralised portal for primary mesocosm data collection, Contributor to WP 4.1, 4.2 and 4.4., Contributor to all WPs

Henrik Larsson (m, PhD in 1994 in Analytical Chemistry), Has 9 years of experience in mesocosm projects and technology.

Project role AQUACOSM: Technical coordinator at MF-UMSC; Task Leader WP7.3, WP7.5 and WP7.6.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Mesocosm manager at MF-UMSC; Task Leader WP 9.7, contributor to WP 7.1.1.

Annie Marie Cox (m, PhD 2011 Oceanography) Laboratory engineer, has 2 years of experience in mesocosm projects.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Logistic coordinator for WP 9.7.

Martina Jeuthe (f, M. Sci Marine biology) Laboratory engineer, has 5 years of experience in mesocosm projects.

Project role AQUACOSM: Logistical coordinator at MF-UMFC, Contributor to WP6.9.


Umeå Marine Science Center
SE-905 71 Hörnefors