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Mesocosms recreate a natural environment in a small – often enclosed or semi-enclosed – system, where particular variables can be altered or held constant. Mesocosms can be used to investigate how warming temperatures will affect the fitness of specific species, how communities respond to warmer temperatures or to look for ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. This Slice of PLOS highlights research on mesocosms and climate change from across the PLOS journals.
Image Credit: Gabriel Yvon-Durocher 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002324