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


Autonomous measurements

  Work package leader:  WCL
Contact:  Robert Ptacnik
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Task 8.1
Task 8.2


To develop a best practice approach for (semi-) autonomous analysis of physical, chemical and biological parameters in mesocosm experiments. The WP will survey the relevant sensors and probes. Cost efficient setups will be co-developed in cooperation with leading providers of sensing devices. A key aspect is to enhance spatial and temporal resolution beyond the point feasible with setups routinely used to date. Within the context of global change (GC) research, WP8 will thus foster and demonstrate novel instrumentation systems enabling high-frequency observations in widely compatible data formats, describing ecosystem responses to GC and other anthropogenic pressures over European-wide environmental gradients.

The Joint Research Action will have two major impacts in the field of mesocosm-based aquatic research. (1) Enhancing spatial and temporal resolution which will allow a deeper insight in and modelling of key processes and interactions in the planktonic food web. (2) By fostering the development and spread of cost- effective gear, equipment for standardized data collection will become available to the community, allowing better comparability of experiments carried out in Europe and around the world. The approach will therefore be essential to make best use of results of international mesocosm research in terms of yielding reliable ecosystem response scenarios to GC and related anthropogenic pressures.

Links to other WPs.

For defining research and development needs, WP8 will closely collaborate with WP3, where best practices in mesocosm research will be reviewed. The WSs in WP3 will directly give input to Task 8.1 in WP8. WP8 will also collaborate closely with WP7 on the development of future mesocosm research. The sensors developed in WP8 will take into consideration the requirements co-developed with WP7, regarding cold- water environments. Finally, WP8 will make use of the ongoing JRA in WP9 – experiments in this WP will be utilized for testing prototypes of WP8.

Furthermore, WP8 will collaborate with WP4 on agreement on standards for data formats. In order to provide input to the industry in terms of R&D, gaps and research needs in context of available sensoring systems will be identified in WP3 and 8to be forwarded to the Innovation Forum in WP5.


D8.1 Report on the current status and aims for AquaBox (M8)

D8.2 Report on the current status and aims for LAMP Sensor System (M10) D8.3 Final report LAMP Sensor System (M48)

D8.4 Final report AquaBox (M48)

D8.5 Final report data acquisition system (M48)