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Aquacosm: First call for Transnational Access in 2018 is now open

23.06.2017 |
Between January 2018 and December 2020 the EU financed project AQUACOSM — Network of Leading European AQUAtic MesoCOSM Facilities will offer more than 11500 person-days of Transnational Access to more than 37 different European mesocosm facilities ranging from the Sub-Arctic to the Mediterranean and beyond, from mountains to lowlands, from freshwater to estuarine and fully marine systems, and spanning from ultra-oligotrophic to hyper-eutrophic conditions. The IGB LakeLab located in Lake Stechlin is one of the supported research facilities.
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IGB is researching the effects of climate change at the Lake Lab

The Lake Lab with its 24 lakes-in-a-lake.
The Lake Lab with its 24 lakes-in-a-lake.

The LakeLab in Lake Stechlin of Brandenburg, Germany, is a large experimental setup of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). Here, scientists are studying the effects of climate change on lakes.

In the LakeLab, 24 lake-water basins each 9 metres in diameter and around 20 metres deep are isolated from the rest of the lake. In these experimental cylinders, future climatic scenarios will be simulated and their effects on the lake researched. Will the biodiversity change as a result of climate change? Will there be an enrichment of nutrients? Will more greenhouse gasses be released? – These are only a few of many questions the researchers of IGB intend to answer.

The LakeLab is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the Senate of Berlin (Department for Economy, Technology and Research), and the Leibniz Association. It is a winner of the 2012 competition «Germany – Land of Ideas».