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


Transnational network of best practices, harmonization and international training

  Work package leader:  UIB
Contact:  Tanya Tatiana Tsagaraki
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Task 3.1 Workshops on best practices and optimization of mesocosm approaches
Task 3.2 Training
Task 3.3 Site documentation
Task 3.4 Perspectives beyond the project


WP3 will develop common guidelines and documentation for mesocosm facilities and provide platforms for cross fertilization of ideas and training in mesocosm related research. The integration of freshwater and marine facilities under best practices aims to harmonise the quality of data and services the facilities provide, while jointly developing common technologies and documentation proceduresThrough collecting, validating and distributing knowledge and information, WP3 will enhance the utilization of the facilities in terms of their geographic and climatic diversity within Europe. A focus will be put on training of young scientists so that they can benefit from the full range of tools available for relevant research and improve training of staff and scientists managing, operating and conducting research on mesocosm infrastructures in Europe. WP3 will enhance the human capital and competitiveness of these infrastructures at an international level.

The harmonisation procedure in Task 1 will be facilitated by bringing the mesocosm community together in targeted and multidisciplinary workshops to discuss experimental design, setup and monitoring (MS11, Partner 18) and to challenge our current approaches in order to meet future challenges (MS25, Partner 9). Recommendations from these workshops will be summarized in minutes from the meetings (D3.2 and D3.3),Tasks 2, 3 and 4 aim at transfer of knowledge. A summer school on theoretical and practical aspects in mesocosm research will be carried out in the facilities of Partner 19 (MS30). The results from the experiment and course material, as well as feedback from the participants, will be made available to the community (D3.4 & D3.5). Documentation will be the specific target of deliverables 3.1&3.6. Factsheets for each facility and each TA experiment shall be collected and organised, and will subsequently be made available online (MS39). Finally, the knowledge and insights available from the large number of experts participating in AQUACOSM will, building on the previous guide on “Pelagic mesocosms” (Riebesell et al. 2010) be assembled in a best practices manual on aquatic mesocosm research (D3.7). Future approaches and challenges will be the subject of a position paper on state of the art and perspectives (D3.8). Outcomes of the TA and JRA activities will be presented in the AQUACOSM final symposium (MS40). WP3 will collaborate closely with all networking activities scheduled in the project.


D3.1 Factsheet template (M08)

D3.2 Minutes of Workshop 1 (M11)

D3.3 Minutes of Workshop 2 (M18)

D3.4 Report on results from the summer school experiment (M32)

D3.5 Student evaluation of course and recommendations by attendees (M34)

D3.6 Collation of factsheets from each experiment (M42)

D3.7 Best practice manual (M48)

D3.8 Review manuscript (M48)