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Planed experiments

Spring 2015 AQUA-NANO (ARISTEIA II)

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Completed experiments

Five mesocosm experiments involving more than 80 scientists from 17 countries have been successfully carried out in the facility so far

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Potential experiments

Climate change experiments
Benthic pelagic coupling experiments
Only site in oligotrophic environment

Mesocosm Experiments

The mesocosm facility in Crete, called CRETACOSMOS, is part of the Institute of Oceanography, based at Thalassocosmos which comprises thefacilities of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Crete. Thalassocosmos is located at about 16 km east of Heraklion city, on the north coast of Crete. HCMR-Crete is part of the MESOAQUA project which is a network of major European mesocosm facilities providing access to scientific groups interested in using these facilities. CRETACOSMOS is the only mesocosm facility in the Eastern Mediterranean. It is an important infrastructure on a global scale as adjacent to an extreme oligotrophic marine environment.The facility is supported by a research team having well established experience for handling ultra-oligotrophic waters.

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