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Network of Leading European AQUAtic MesoCOSM Facilities Connecting Mountains to Oceans from the Arctic to the Mediterranean

Network of Leading European AQUAtic MesoCOSM Facilities Connecting Mountains to Oceans from the Arctic to the Mediterranean

Objective

Experimentation in mesocosms is arguably the single most powerful approach to obtain a mechanistic quantitative understanding of ecosystem-level impacts of stressors in complex systems, especially when embedded in long-term observations, theoretical models and experiments conducted at other scales. AQUACOSM builds on an established European network of mesocosm research infrastructures (RI), the FP7 Infra project MESOAQUA (2009-2012), where 167 users successfully conducted 74 projects. AQUACOSM greatly enhances that network on pelagic marine systems in at least 3 ways: first by expanding it to 10 freshwater (rivers and lakes), 2 brackish and 2 benthic marine facilities, and by involving 2 SMEs and reaching out to more, thereby granting effective transnational access to world-leading mesocosm facilities to >340 users on >11500 days; second, by integrating scattered know-how between freshwater and marine RI; and third, by uniting aquatic mesocosm science in an open network beyond the core consortium, with industry involved in an ambitious innovation process, to promote ground-breaking developments in mesocosm technology, instrumentation and data processing. A new dimension of experimental ecosystem science will be reached by coordinated mesocosm experiments along transects from the Mediterranean to the Arctic and beyond salinity boundaries. These efforts will culminate in a joint research activity (JRA) to assess aquatic ecosystem responses across multiple environmental gradients to a selected climate-related key stressor with repercussions for ecosystem services. Overall, AQUACOSM will fill a global void by forging an integrated freshwater and marine research infrastructure network. Long-term sustainability is sought through assessing governance models based on science priorities and economic innovation opportunities. Linkages to and synergies with ESFRI RI and other large initiatives are ensured by AQUACOSM partners and Advisory Board members in those programs.

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Address

Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 915 164

Participants (21)

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UNI RESEARCH AS

Norway

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 658 830

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 769 804

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 523 752

AREFSENS ELECTRONICS BIOTECHNOLOGY INC

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 64 812,50

BLUE LOBSTER IT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 123 125

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 640 706

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 302 918,50

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 765 849

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 631 472,75

UMEA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 683 437

WasserCluster Lunz - Biologische Station GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 637 376

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 374 623,75

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 209 981,25

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 570 746

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 764 433

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 343 841,50

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 319 551,25

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 168 795,50

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 295 101,75

UMWELTBUNDESAMT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 235 484

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 731065

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 999 806,57

  • EU contribution

    € 9 999 804,75

Coordinated by:

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany