The scientists from Germany, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain and the Netherlands chose the Sven Lovn Centre for Marine Sciences in Kristineberg as base of operations. From here they will go out by small boats to monitor the mesocosms daily and collect samples for laboratory analyses at the station. "Different teams investigate the development and productivity of the plankton community, changes in the food web, in the material and energy cycles and in the production of climate-active gases", Riebesell describes the wide range of scientific questions addressed in this mesocosm campaign. "In total, 62 molecular, evolutionary, marine and fishery biologists, physiologists, ecologist, biogeochemists, marine and atmospheric chemists join this year's KOSMOS experiment. With our multidisciplinary approach and the exceptionally long duration of the experiment, we expect many fundamentally new insights."
The scientists will blog about their work at Kristineberg from the end of January. The KOSMOS 2013 Blog will be published on the BIOACID website at www.bioadcid.de.
|Contact: Maike Nicolai|
Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)