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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology/limnology
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRAIA-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 915 164

Participants (20)

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 658 830
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5838 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 769 804
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 523 752
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
AREFSENS ELECTRONICS BIOTECHNOLOGY INC
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 64 812,50
Address
Mustafa Kemal Mah Dumlupinar Bulvari No 280 A1 Blok 4 Bolum Ofis 3D Canyaka
06350 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BLUE LOBSTER IT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 123 125
Address
Mynachlog
LL74 8SG Tyn Y Gongl
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 640 706
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 312 918,50
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 765 849
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 631 472,75
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 683 437
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WASSERKLUSTER LUNZ BIOLOGISCHE STATION GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 627 376
Address
Dr Carl Kupelwieser Promenade 5
3293 Lunz Am See
Activity type
Research Organisations
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 623,75
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE
France
EU contribution
€ 209 981,25
Address
45, Rue D'ulm
75230 Paris Cedex 05
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 570 746
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 764 433
Address
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 343 841,50
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 319 551,25
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000 803 Evora
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 168 795,50
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 295 101,75
Address
Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
UMWELTBUNDESAMT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 235 484
Address
Woerlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-rosslau
Activity type
Research Organisations