“Who is KOSMOS” Pt. 1 | “Wer ist KOSMOS” Pt. 1

[deutsche Version unten] The experiment is already running for four weeks now and we still haven’t introduced all members of the project. Starting with the series “Who is KOSMOS” we take the chance to present each of the groups taking part in the study. As an alphabetic order seems rather boring, we will follow an […]

A normal sampling day | Ein normaler Probennahmetag

[deutsche Version unten] A normal sampling day starts at 7:30am just before the sun rises over Gran Canaria. The sampling team packs all equipment needed into the KOSMOS bus to transport it to the harbour just around the corner. The equipment comprises integrated water samplers for gas samples, pumps to sample non gas samples, a […]

Autumn cleaning

Some days ago we started with the most fun part: cleaning the mesocosm bags from outside with a window scraper and a brush operated by a diver. It may sound strange since our experiment is inside the bags, but we don’t want to have algae growing on the outside and shading the inner environment. It […]

Herbst-Putz für den KOSMOS

Es ist früher Nachmittag und wir beladen die eben gefüllten Tauchtanks auf das Shuttleboot. Der Fahrtwind und das Spritzwasser sind eine durchaus willkommene Erfrischung an einem heißen Tag wie diesem. Heute sind wir zu viert und mit dem Tauch-Equipment ist das Boot gut gefüllt. Nach 20 min Fahrt entlang der Küste und begleitet von fliegenden […]

Familiar Faces | Bekannte Gesichter

[deutsche Version unten] Coming back to Gran Canaria after almost six months, I did not know what to expect and how it would feel. How will we be welcomed? Will the friends we made back in GC 1.0 even recognize us? But just a few days in, all worries were blown away. This time – […]

We would dive for you

Introducing the dive team comes a bit late, but we have the best excuse, we were under water. If you look down from the boat into the water you already get an impression, how great the visibility is. Guess what it is even better to be inside. Of course we have to focus most of […]

Dream start of KOSMOS-GC2.0

Here we are again, KOSMOS Gran Canaria 2.0. Our second endeavour of conducting a long-term in situ mesocosm study in subtropical oligotrophic waters.  And indeed, this time of the year the sea around the Canaries is truly oligotrophic: nutrient concentrations at the detection limit, low plankton biomass and an incredible underwater visibility. At the onset of […]

End of KOSMOS GC 1.0 – Thank you all

Dear all, now that all the boxes are packed, the labs are cleaned, the containers closed, and the mesocosms made fit for GC 2.0, I would like to express my gratitude to all who supported us during the past 11 weeks. It has been an incredible journey, with ups and downs, highs and lows (not […]