MedSea Mesocosm Experiment in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Effects of ocean acidification and warming on pelagic ecosystem functioning of the Mediterranean

Report on the filling days (by Vivi Pitta)

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Saturday 30 August

Two of the more difficult days of the experiment, that is the days of transport of sea water from offshore to fill the mesocosms, are at last finished. 36 m3 of seawater were pumped from 10 m depth at a station 5 nautical miles north of Heraklion. R/V Philia went 6 times to the sampling station and brought back to the port 6 m3 each time in 6 polyethylene tanks of 1 m3. These tanks were then taken to the HCMR facility by truck. Then water was evenly distributed to the mesocosms by gravity, using a simple system of tubes.

These were two long days under the sun but now we have a nice sun tan.

We had an unexpected event, one of the transport tank broke during the transportation but fortunately we have extra ones, so it was rapidly replaced. In the end of day two of filling (Saturday evening), the long procedure of pH started for Eva.

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One thought on “Report on the filling days (by Vivi Pitta)

  1. Good luck guys !!! Now, Eva, please acidify those mesocosms ! 😉

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