KOB (Kiel-Outdoor-Benthocosms)

KOB (Kiel-Outdoor-Benthocosms)
Legal name of organisation
GEOMAR-Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research
Organisation address

GEOMAR-Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research

West shore campus
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel

East shore campus
Wischhofstr. 1-3
D-24148 Kiel

Primary contact information (PI)

Professor Martin Wahl (KOB)

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments
Description of Facility

off-shore/outdoor/indoor – pelagic/benthic – marine/brackish

Kiel Outdoor Benthocosms – KOB
outdoor – benthic – marine/brackish
Floating infrastructure consisting of sub-dividable 3500 liter tanks, optionally covered by a fully translucent hood. When the system works in a flow-through mode all in situ fluctuations are admitted to the tanks and experimental treatments represent controlled deviations (delta-treatments) from this naturally fluctuating baseline

Controlled Parameters

KOB: CO2, temperature, irradiation, nutrients, oxygen, salinity

Research Topics

KOB: responses of benthic communities to environmental shifts/fluctuations in temperature, pH, pCO2, oxygen, nutrients, salinity

Facility location(s)
Primary interests
Specialist areas

KOB: insulated tanks with 12 experimental units, heaters, coolers, automated, gas mixing unit, wave generators, internal circulation system, flow through system, surface and deep water supply, programmable climate simulation

Source of Information
Photos of experiments/installations
KOB – Kiel Outdoor Benthocosms (Photo: Martin Wahl)
KOB – Kiel Outdoor Benthocosms (Photo: Mark Lenz)