Umeå Marine Sciences Center at Umeå University

UMSC is a research platform in the sub-arctic zone adjacent to marine, river and lake environments with skilled research technicians.

The infrastructure at Umeå Marine Sciences Center consist of large laboratory spaces including four climate rooms. Halls are available for projects that require running temperature controlled seawater with experiment tanks ranging in size from small aquariums up to containers of one cubic meter. Research vessels provide access to field scale experimental systems. Ongoing long term ecological time series in internet based databases provides valuable background data. In addition UMSC offers mesocosm facilities, both indoor and outdoor. The indoor facility has a sophisticated temperature control system suited for projects that includes arctic topics. Freezers are installed on top of the mesocosms. This allow for air temperatures above the water surface down to -20 C enabling for projects that require ice. Furthermore, Eight channel LED-lamps can mimic spectra and intensity of the sun in three different ways using time channels. Any part of the globe can be simulated using a global simulation module.

Accommodation for up to 20 people is provided at a nearby hostel. 

Institution Umeå University
Country Sweden
Infrastructure type Research station
Disciplines Biology and biochemistry
Environmental sciences
Natural environments and wildlife
Language of operation Swedish
Keywords limnicfield samplingmesocosmtime seriesship timeresearchmarine


The facilities are open to the scientific community and can be booked unless already booked by others. Experiments on fish or other higher organisms requires a court approval according to Swedish law. Lab space, boats, mesocosms and rooms at the hostel are associated with fees. Estimated fees in euros: lab space per day 12,  Conference room per day 95, indoor mesocosm facility per day 240, course lab (16 students) per day 150,  boat Bottnica (Max 12 people) per day 135, smaller boats including driver per day 300, help from UMF personnel per hour 33, reservation at the hostel per day and person 20. For more information on booking and fees contact Henrik Larsson.


Contact information

Henrik Larsson (, +46 70 786 7997)

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