Shear TUrbulence Resuspension Mesocosm (STURM) facility

Shear TUrbulence Resuspension Mesocosm (STURM) facility
Legal name of organisation
The University of Baltimore (UBalt)
United States of America
North America
Organisation address

UBalt STURM facility located at:

Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL),

Morgan State University,

10545 Mackall Road 
Saint Leonard, MD 20685


Primary contact information (PI)

Dr. Elka T. Porter,

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments
2003 - present
Description of Facility
  • Six 1000L tanks (2 x 3 reps) with a 1m2 sediment surface area.
  • Can be set up as resuspension (R) tanks or as non resuspension (NR) tanks.
Controlled Parameters
  • Bottom shear stress
  • Energy dissipation rate
  • RMS turbulent velocity
Research Topics
  • Benthic-pelagic coupling
  • tidal and episodic resuspension
Facility location(s)
Primary interests

Effect of resuspension on ecosystem processes and the nitrogen cycle

Specialist areas

Benthic-pelagic coupling.

  • Mixing system
  • turbidity monitoring
  • temperature monitoring

No lodging

Source of Information
Photos of experiments/installations