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

Task 3.3

Task 3.1 Standardization and harmonization of Mesocosm RIs
Task 3.2 Training new generation of scientists to strengthen the Mesocosm RI community
Task 3.3 Strengthening the mesocosm based experimental research community beyond AQUACOSM- plus

Strengthening the mesocosm based experimental research community beyond AQUACOSM- plus 

Partners: Lead TCD, co-lead AU & GEOMAR, contributors NIOO-KNAW, IGB, METU, CSIC, NORCE

Duration: Month 1-48

A main achievement of AQUACOSM was to develop a first international cooperation between a range of leading aquatic mesocosm facilities from mountains to ocean. AQUACOSM-plus will effectively build on this foundation to invite further facilities from the European Research Area as well as globally from the virtual network in order to increase the global readiness for coordinated actions to addressing grand challenges in global changes scales. To this end, requirements from the various potential user groups will be gathered to develop a strong user community and to enlarge the currently established community by promoting the AQUACOSM and AQUACOSM-plus, its relevance and importance, its products, etc. to potential new user groups in Europe and beyond. Networking activities will follow, to foster a culture of co-operation between scientific communities, industries and other stakeholders as appropriate, and to help develop a state-of-the-art mesocosm community for global cooperation in water research. The target audience will be research and decision-making bodies from countries, which lack strong mesocosm- based experimental research activities in different domains that have regionally and/or globally important biodiversity or ecosystem services that are currently altered through global changes in Europe (central Europe), and beyond (e.g. China, S. Korea, Malaysia etc., South America and Africa). Reflecting a vision of global integration approaches and recognition that collaboration is a key element for intensive information and knowledge generation in global water solutions. Furthermore, this task will also target promoting mesocosm-based experimental research on water types not presently covered e.g. temporary water bodies, wetlands.