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Climate lab - a lake within a lake

The lake laboratory - or LakeLab - at the Stechlinsee is said to be the only one of its kind in the world. Located some 91 kilometers north of Berlin, it’s composed of a series of large tubes made of synthetic material reaching down into the lake bed. At about nine meters in diameter, the cylinders are like enormous test tubes.

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They allow the scientists to alter the habitats in each one and observe what happens. Berlin-based researchers are using them to find out how climate change is influencing life forms in the lake. A few years ago, the water was still crystal clear. Now it’s growing increasingly turbid. Warm water microorganisms are becoming more and more common. The researchers say that by better understanding the ecosystem of the lake, they may be able to find ways to reduce the impact of climate change both on the Stechlinsee and other bodies of water like it.