Smart Ecolake

Smart Ecolake
Legal name of organisation
Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS)
Organisation address

73 East Beijing Road,

Nanjing 210008,


Primary contact information (PI)

Dr. Jianming Deng

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments
2023 - present
Description of Facility
  • 72 tank totally, (potentially to be extended in the future) with 2.3 meters diameter
  • Sediment 40cm, depth of water 1.3 meters, while the tanks are 1.8 meters deep. (volume of ca. 5.4 m3)
  • Smart Ecolake located in Suzhou, Jiangsu China, just near Lake Taihu, 1.4meters located underground)
  • The facility is permanently staffed with four scientists and two technicians. Additionally ca. 10 students are working there.
Controlled Parameters
  • Temperature
  • Disturbance (caused by wind)
  • Nutrient levels (both, TN and TP)
Research Topics

The processes and mechanisms of shallow lakes responding to global changes and the feedbacks

Facility location(s)
Primary interests
  • Circulation and fate of biogenic elements in lakes among different habitats under global change (Physical Limnology)
  • Paths and mechanisms of the impact of global change on the structure, process and function of lake ecosystems (Biology)
  • Spatio-temporal differences and driving factors of greenhouse gas emission fluxes in lakes with different habitats (Geochemnistry)
Specialist areas

Global change limnology

  • Temperature sensors
  • water level sensors
  • water flow meters
  • electric heating system
  • automation for e.g. nutrient and water supplementation
Source of Information
Photos of experiments/installations

EcoSmart mesocosm facility  whole view, photo credits: Jianming Deng

Mesocosm close up, photo credit: Jianming Deng