MOBICOS – Mobile Aquatic Mesocosm

MOBICOS - Mobile Aquatic Mesocosm
Legal name of organisation
Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung-UFZ
Organisation address

Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung-UFZ
Brückstr. 3a
39114 Magdeburg

Primary contact information (PI)

Dr. Helge Norf
Prof. Dr. Markus Weitere

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments
Description of Facility

outdoor/mobile – pelagic/benthic – freshwater

mobile containers to be deployed in or at rivers, reservoirs and lakes;  include  different basins to experimentally explore the response of natural systems to environmental factors such as nutrients, humic substances, temperature, etc.

Controlled Parameters

temperature, nutrients, humic substances

Research Topics

ecological processes of pelagic/benthic organisms

Facility location(s)
Primary interests
Specialist areas
Photos of experiments/installations

MOBICOS (Mobile Aquatic Mesocosms) are mobile experimental containers in or close to aquatic systems. Photo: Helge Norf/UFZ

In the MOBICOS-container scientists can experimentally comparare the growth of mussels (Corbicula fluminea) of the river Rhein und Elbe. Photo: Helge Norf/UFZ