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EURO-BASIN WP2 Mesocosm 2012: Status Report. Basic Info. Goal: To explore how different phytoplankton populations and the presence or absence of macrozooplankton affect primary production, remineralization, aggregation, sinking fluxes, and the flow of material through the food web

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basic info
Basic Info
  • Goal: To explore how different phytoplankton populations and the presence or absence of macrozooplankton affect primary production, remineralization, aggregation, sinking fluxes, and the flow of material through the food web
  • Experiment: A 3.5 week experiment with 18 mesocosms (+6 for a side experiment)
  • Facility:NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Sletvik field station, Bay of Hopavågen (a HYDRALAB IV facility)

  • Access: 15-17 people, 36 days (mid July to late Aug 2012)
    • more people possible if funds for travel & accommodation are paid
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Sletvik field station, Bay of Hopavågen
  • Hopavågen is a semi-enclosed lagoon, 120 km west of Trondheim and 20 km west of the outlet of the Trondheimsfjord.
  • It is sheltered from wind and waves, has an area of 27 ha, a volume of 5,5 million m3, and a depth that varies between 22 m and 32 m.
  • Due to tidal forcing, about 14% of its water is exchanged per day, through a narrow inlet.
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Sletvik Field Station,

Hopavågen

Trondheim

Bergen

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Sletvik field station, Bay of Hopavågen
  • The Sletvik field station is located 300 m from the lagoon and has a laboratory space of 250 m2, kitchen facilities, nearby catering possibilities, and dormitories for 50 people.
  • It has also a pier and a small laboratory at the shore of Hopavågen.
  • Hopavågen is ideal for testing instrumentation as well as testing and validating ecological models.
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Sletvik field station, Bay of Hopavågen

they are no stranger to mesocosm experiments

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Sletvik field station, Bay of Hopavågen

Access is funded through the HYDRALAB IV European transnational facilities project

(i.e., they provide the travel costs, room & board, and access to the field site for 15-17 people)

BASIN (WP2 funds to CDLR) pays for core measurements, sampling equipment, & consumables related to core measurements

Side experiments supported through external funding (e.g., NERC, CNRS)

participants
Participants

Local participants: Olav Vadstein, Yngvar Olsen, Øystein Leiknes

provisional timeline
Provisional Timeline
  • Day 1-7 Setup (small group); others trickle in
  • Day 8-20 Begin; add Si, N, P daily
  • Day 21-30 No addition of nutrients
  • Day 31-36 Finish experiment, wrap up onsite analyses, pack up, leave
matrix of mesocosms
Matrix of Mesocosms

unfiltered SW

macrozoops removed

unfiltered SW

copepods added back

diatoms

dinos

coccos

mineral addition

vertical sampling plan
Vertical Sampling Plan

0 m

3 m

10 m

6 m

9 m

temporal sampling plan
Temporal Sampling Plan
  • 7-11 sampling dates within the ~22 days of the experiment (i.e., every 2nd or every 3rd day)
  • This would yield 500-800 water column samples for each core measurement… and 3x that if done in triplicate
    • strategies to reduce this number for labor intensive or expensive measurements need to be discussed
tasks for the next few months
Tasks for the Next Few Months
  • receive exact dates for experiment
  • finalize participant, measurement, and side experiment lists
  • finalize sampling plan
  • submit data management plan to HYDRALAB
  • begin purchasing consumables and sampling equipment