Mesocosm Test Facility: A Bridge Between Lab and Field Studies

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Mesocosms are a way for scientists to run experimental trials under conditions that are similar to natural ecological environments, while still being able to control variables and collect precise data. This infographic, provides and overview of mesocosms and highlights one facility dedicated to specialized conservation research, the InnoTech Alberta's Mesocosm Facility in Vegreville, Alberta. The facility supports research under freezing temperatures, with both above-ground and below-ground tanks. Environmental challenges currently being investigated at this site include remediation techniques for contaminated water and soils. Related resources on the Canadian Conservation and Land Management Portal can be accessed by clicking on the linked titles within the infographic.