This is a self-contained, automatic experimental system that simulates the intertidal environment. It’s like a PCR machine for the intertidal, with the added advantage of being accessible online! Multiple machines can be used to create “virtual common garden experiments” across large geographic spans. The system plugs to a regular power outlet and then controls 220 V devices (such as pumps and heaters) and 12 V devices (such as fans and lights).
This system pairs well with our autonomous temperature sensors (Envloggers) as it can replicate whatever temperature profiles they collected in the field, and pairs well with our cardiac performance logger (PULSE V2), which can be used to monitor the thermal stress of animals inside the experimental unit.
The chamber is assembled in Portugal by specialised engineers, in total accordance with environmental and laboral laws and best-practices. The cost of the full system is €4,350. That includes two water tanks (one that simulates the intertidal and another that holds and conditions water), sensors, pumps, valves, lamps, LED strips, fans, heaters, a Aqua Medic Titan 200 chiller, a powerful electronics unit with WiFi connectivity, a LED screen, and manual control switches. This price is for early-adopters and will increase in the future.
The devopement of this chamber was partially funded by FutureMares and thus its partners have access to special prices for a restricted number of units. Please contact us for more info.
This is an open source project. Hardware and software will be openly available in due time through specialised dissemination outlets (scientific journals and GitHub).