SYKE-MRC (Marine Research Centre) Mesocosm Facility

SYKE-MRC (Marine Research Centre) Mesocosm Facility
Legal name of organisation
Marine Research Centre
Organisation address

Marine Research Centre (MRC)
Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
P.O.Box 140
FI-00251 Helsinki

Primary contact information (PI)

Res. Prof. Timo Tamminen
Head of Laboratory Jukka Seppälä

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments
periodically since 1988
Description of Facility

pelagic – marine – indoor

Indoor experimental systems in a range of volumes, with integrated incubation condition control, data retrieval, and their on-line presentation. Also ice tanks available for ice ecology research


Controlled Parameters

Temperature, light, pH, pCO2, nutrient levels, community composition

Research Topics

Planktonic food web, phytoplankton ecology, stoichiometry, biodiversity, ice ecology

Facility location(s)
Primary interests
Specialist areas

Wet labs, climatic chambers, advanced bio-optical instrumentation (spectrophotometry, spectrofluorometry, FRRF), microscope imaging instrumentation, flow cytometry, isotope lab, chemistry lab


City location – commercial lodging

Photos of experiments/installations
ndoor medium-scale experimental unit
SYKE-MRC field mesocosm work at Tvärminne