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Network of leading MESOcosm facilities to advance the studies of future AQUAtic ecosystems from the Arctic to the Mediterranean

Objective

In marine ecology there is an urgent need to understand the functioning of the lower part of the pelagic food web, its response to and effect on climate change, its response to pollution and environmental toxins, and its role in producing food for commercially important species at higher trophic level. This requires access for European scientists to tools allowing experimental approaches to near-natural pelagic systems. To meet this need, we propose a network (MESOAQUA) of European marine mesocosm facilities. MESOAQUA will: - Offer European researchers access to a range of mesocosm facilities in contrasting environments. - Develop and test new technologies that allow access to off-shore environments - Improve the services of the facilities by exchange of technology and experience - Facilitate cross-disciplinary fertilisation and a better coordination of mesocosm research - Promote the training of young scientists in the use of experimental ecosystem research MESOAQUA is necessary because: - System level experimentation is required to understand and predict the responses of the pelagic ecosystem in changing ocean subject to increasing anthropogenic pressure. - There is no present system for trans-national access to such experiemental facilities, particularly not to facilities offering access to different water masses - There is no present technology allowing mesocosm experiments in open waters

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology/limnology

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-CSA-Infra - Combination of CP and CSA

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 910 699,54
Administrative Contact
Liv-Grethe Gudmundsen (Ms.)

Participants (5)

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 668 142,79
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Drossou-Berendes (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 838 469,84
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ghislaine Gibello (Ms.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 498 954,80
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 533 810,87
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulf Båmstedt (Prof.)
Kings Bay AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 49 922,16
Address
N/a
9173 Ny-aalesund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Knut Erik Hansen (Mr.)