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

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
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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)

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HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 668 142,79

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 838 469,84

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 498 954,80

UMEA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 533 810,87

Kings Bay AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 49 922,16

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 228224

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2009

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 559 470,40

  • EU contribution

    € 3 500 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

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