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

Task 2.2

Task 2.1 Review of the RI landscape and SWOT analysis
Task 2.2 Enlarging the scientific spectrum of AQUACOSM
Task 2.3 Unlocking the innovation and service potential of AQUACOSM
Task 2.4 Roadmap for the future

Enlarging the scientific spectrum of AQUACOSM 

Partners: Lead FVB-IGB, Contributors NORCE, UiB, AirClim, LMU, UmU, CNRS-MARBEC,

Duration: Month 12-38

Results and findings from Task 2.1 will be further used to identify and promote new opportunities in research and innovation for AQUACOSM as a network of European mesocosms. We will take advantage of the broader community gathered in the AQUACOSM-plus project, including SMEs and new infrastructure, to investigate new possibilities and fit-for-purpose research topics that would benefit the RI. Furthermore, interfacing and cooperation with European RIs (LTER, DANUBIUS, ANAEE, JERICO, ICOS) is foreseen to become an important way for AQUACOSM towards sustainability and increased relevance to society, in a broad sense. How to practically link long-term data, acquired by observational RIs with process studies, conducted in AQUACOSM, will be investigated in tight cooperation with other RIs, paving the way for operational cooperation and mutual adding-value between environmental RIs. A dedicated meeting will be organised for progressing on this. We will use the ENVRI initiative framework for facilitating this dialog. This task will focus on getting the right data for science, co-design of collaborative multi-domain sites (super-sites) thru connecting related RIs networks towards tackling Grand Challenges (collaboration with WP6 and WP8). This would contribute in reducing the gaps in present knowledge base originating from the somewhat fragmented European RIs landscape and the limited active collaborations between RIs. A series of workshops will be organised within the consortium and with contributions from representatives from other RIs. The results from JRAs and from TA will be important inputs in the process of expanding the AQUACOSM scientific spectrum. Minutes of workshop will be published as justification of milestones. The overall conclusions from this task will be a foreseeing science strategy, to be reported in deliverable D2.2. The potential of the common IT-structure developed in WP4.3 as a vector for innovation through improved interaction between aquatic RIs, will be assessed.