New publication describing the SITES AquaNet infrastructure!

The SITES AquaNet platform at Svartberget. Photo: Johannes Tiwari. The SITES AquaNet platform at Svartberget. Photo: Johannes Tiwari.
The AquaNet team, led by the programme coordinator Silke Langenheder, are proud and happy to announce that a detailed description of the SITES AquaNet infrastructure has now been published in Limnology & Oceanography Methods!

SITES AquaNet offers:

  1. openness to the scientific community
  2. the possibility to use natural lake communities for experiments
  3. the possibility to conduct and participate in modularized experiments across time and space
  4. high frequency sensor systems
  5. expert support by our technical staff and
  6. access to data from the accompanying monitoring programme SITES Water.

To test the infrastructure we conducted a modularized experiment along the latitudinal gradient offered by the five lakes included in SITES AquaNet. More specifically, we manipulated a press disturbance (light reduction) and a pulse disturbance (temporary presence of fish in the mesocosms). With this we could demonstrate the suitability of the infrastructure and autonomous sensor system to host modularized experiments and provide a good example of the power and advantages of such experiments.

Publication (open access)
Urrutia-Cordero, P., Langvall, O., Blomkvist, P., Angeler, D., Bertilsson, S., Colom Montero, W., Eklöv, P., Aagaard Jakobsen, N., Klemedtsson, L., Laudon, H., Liljebladh, B., Lundgren, M., Parkefelt, L., Kelpsiene, E., Pierson, D., Rankinen, J., Striebel, M., Tranvik, L.J., Weslien, P., Hillebrand, H. and Langenheder, S. (2021), SITES AquaNet: An open infrastructure for mesocosm experiments with high frequency sensor monitoring across lakes. Limnol Oceanogr Methods.

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