A Climate Controlled outdoor and indoor microcosm and mesocosm systems are located at IOLR – Haifa.
A 300 m2 outdoor and 40 m2 indoor area is used for different volume tanks and mesocosms for a variety of needs, including large-scale mariculture tanks, temperature and pH manipulation, and a unique experimental desalination system e.g., different conditions (Temp., pH, light, salinity manipulation, etc.) of fish/algae/corals, supported by laboratory facilities. Some of the systems are specifically designed to test climate change impacts on species and communities. All the IOLR facility’s tanks have fresh seawater pumped from the sea next to the institute.
A 40 m2 indoor area is used for 6 * 1 cubic meter tanks where light, temperature, and pH can be manipulated with a delta-treatment approach. Ideal for testing climate change impacts on both species and communities.
An Outdoor computer-controlled flow-through mesocosm system with 16 * 1.3 cubic meter tanks where temperature and pH can be manipulated with a delta-treatment approach. Ideal for testing climate change impacts on both species and communities.
Indoor intertidal weather simulator for testing the effects of illumination, wind, temperature, and moisture on intertidal organisms.