Home > Explore News > Mesocosm Research Highlighted at International Meeting

Mesocosm Research Highlighted at International Meeting

Published on: 12/01/2015
Primary Contact(s): mike.fulton@noaa.gov
NCCOS mesocosms in Charleston, SC. Credit: NOAA

An array of estuarinemesocosms atan NCCOS lab in Charleston, South Carolina.Credit: NOAA.

Mesocosms are versatile test systems that can examine both structural and functional components of aquatic ecosystems in a laboratory setting. Since the late 1990s, researchers at NCCOS's Charleston, South Carolina, laboratory have used mesocosms to evaluate the fate and effects of individual chemical contaminants and mixtures in a simulated salt marsh ecosystem.

In a presentation at last month's36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Salt Lake City, Utah, NCCOS researchers highlighted the value of mesocosms to evaluate contaminant effects in estuarine ecosystems. The presentation provided examples of how mesocosms can be used to assess contaminant impacts under different exposure scenarios and establish a link between traditional laboratory testing and field assessments.

For more information, contact Mike.Fulton@noaa.gov.

Explore Similar News


NCCOS delivers ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

Stay Connected

Sign up for our quarterly newsletter or view our archives.

Follow us on Social

Listen to our Podcast

Check our our new podcast "Coastal Conversations"