Mesocosm Experiment (September 2014)

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The purpose of this experiment is to assess the effects of eutrophication under conditions of induces hypoxia by increasing nutrients in the water column and the resulting increase in sedimentation of organic material from the column. The mesocosm experiments will be held in the Cretacosmos facilities of HCMR and will combine plankton and benthic communities,allowing one to deflect the system from its initial conditions to an extent hard to do in nature.

Schedule

1-21/9/2014: Preparation of Mesocosm experiments involving modifications and adaptation of existing facilities to the needs of the experiment, ordering materials and micro-constructions by specialist craftsmen / technicians.

15-19/9/2014: Preliminary experiments to test the facilities after the modifications and improvement of the final procedures, decision on the quantities of nutrients for the main experiment.

22/9-22/10/2014: Running the experiment for the time it has been decided (1 month) and sampling of the corresponding parameters.

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