IMDEA Water Institute
Avenida Punto Com 2
PO Box 28805, Alcala de Henares
The mesocosm facility at the IMDEA Water Institute (Central Spain) consists of 9 independent stream channels (9 m length, 0.3 m depth; 0.3 m width), 24 lotic systems containing about 1 m3 of water and sediment, and a biodiversity lagoon of about 30 m3 equipped with a green filter. The mesocosm facility allows the design of experiments with several controls and treatments with replication and is perfectly suited to represent scenarios such as those used for the regulatory risk assessment of chemicals in Europe.
- Water physico-chemical parameters (DO, T, pH, EC, Alkalinity, etc.)
- Nutrient concentrations
- Chemical exposure concentrations in water and sediment
- Biological responses at the population and community level: phytoplankton, macrophytes, zooplankton and macroinvertebrates
Environmental fate of chemicals and calculation of degradation rates
Assessment of the adverse effects of chemicals on several biological endpoints and derivation of safe environmental concentrations
Evaluation of the interaction between multiple stressors (chemical and non-chemical) on aquatic ecosystems
We are mainly engaged on academic research projects but also open for collaboration with the regulatory and industry sectors. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
A wide range of measuring and sampling devices are available for the evaluation of chemical and biological endpoints. Our mesocosm facility is located few meters away to our analytical chemistry lab, which is specialized on the analysis of pesticides and pharmaceuticals in environmental matrices
Can be arranged upon request