Albufera Biological Station

Albufera Biological Station
Legal name of organisation
University of Valencia
Organisation address

Catedrático José Beltrán 2,

46980 Paterna


Primary contact information (PI)

Andreu Rico

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments
2021 - present
Description of Facility

The aquatic mesocosm facility of the Albufera Biological Station is made up of 30 mesocosms of >1 m3, stocked with aquatic plants, plankton, and macroinvertebrate species characteristic of Mediterranean coastal wetlands.

Controlled Parameters
  • Nutrient concentrations
  • Salinity
  • Presence/absence of macrophytes
  • Invasive Species
  • Contaminant concentrations
Research Topics
  • Response of aquatic ecosystems to multiple stressors related to global change, including
    • chemical pollution,
    • salinization,
    • eutrophication,
    • etc.
Facility location(s)
39.315582, -0.318789
Primary interests

Assessment of the structural and functional response of Mediterranean aquatic ecosystems to multiple stressors

Specialist areas
  • Aquatic ecology
  • ecotoxicology
  • functional microbiology

30 mesocosms and all equipments needed for sampling and water quality assessments


Yes (nearby in El Palmar)

Source of Information
Photos of experiments/installations

Mesocosm site, photo credits: Andreu Rico


photo credits: Andreu Rico


photo credits: Pablo Amador


photo credits: Pablo Amador