MESOCOSMS

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The Mesocosms platform currently under development at the Montpellier European Ecotron facility will house up to 24 mesocosm-size controlled environment units to be installed on a 700m²  open air terrace with adjacent technical rooms. Following the same principle of operation as the already tried and tested in the macrocosm platform, the experimental mesocosm units (typically hosting lysimeters of up to 1m², 2 m depth, 2 m canopy height) will allow the simulation and measurements of wide range of environmental scenarios while benefiting of higher replication, more accurate flux measurements as well as CO2 control possible also below ambient atmospheric concentration and continuous 13C labelling.  Designed as a flexible research tool, each unit will allow for ecosystem-level measurements of CO2, H2O and CH4 fluxes (in open or close gas exchange mode), modular soil compartment (to accommodate various demands in size) and choice of light source (natural sunlight or solar simulator plasma lamps) The first 16 experimental units will be fully functional at the end of  2017.

  • For more information on the experimental capabilities of the Mesocosms platform please download the technical data sheet here.