Microcosm models and technological experiments

K. Gruiz, M. Molnár, V. Feigl, E. Vaszita, O. Klebercz

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Abstract

Microcosms are easily controllable, small-size models of the environment. In spite of some shortcomings deriving from high surface/volume ratio and reduced diversity, microcosms provide highly realistic results, suitable for decision making. Microcosms are useful tools for learning and exploring nature, the water and soil ecosystems, for simulating natural or anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystems, for measuring toxicity by a multispecies, dynamic system and for the small-scale modeling of technologies. This chapter introduces the practice and implementation of microcosm testing and modeling via examples from the authors’ experience. The examples include microcosms used for modeling the fate and behavior of contaminants in the environment, their biodegradation and bioavailability, and microcosms for modeling bioleaching and stabilization. In addition to the experimental set-up of the small-scale models, this chapter discusses the integrated monitoring of microcosms in a general way by combining physico-chemical analysis and biological testing. It also discusses the evaluation and interpretation of the results’ utilization in risk management and decision making. Applications and results of various microcosms are discussed in Chapters 4 and 5.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Tools for Environmental Risk Management
Subtitle of host publication2. Environmental Toxicology
PublisherCRC Press
Pages401-443
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)9781315778778
ISBN (Print)9781138001558
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

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Ecosystems
Decision making
Bioleaching
Testing
Biodegradation
Risk management
Toxicity
Dynamical systems
Stabilization
experiment
Experiments
Impurities
Soils
Water
Monitoring
Chemical analysis
modeling
decision making
soil ecosystem

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Gruiz, K., Molnár, M., Feigl, V., Vaszita, E., & Klebercz, O. (2015). Microcosm models and technological experiments. In Engineering Tools for Environmental Risk Management: 2. Environmental Toxicology (pp. 401-443). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/b18181

Microcosm models and technological experiments. / Gruiz, K.; Molnár, M.; Feigl, V.; Vaszita, E.; Klebercz, O.

Engineering Tools for Environmental Risk Management: 2. Environmental Toxicology. CRC Press, 2015. p. 401-443.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Gruiz, K, Molnár, M, Feigl, V, Vaszita, E & Klebercz, O 2015, Microcosm models and technological experiments. in Engineering Tools for Environmental Risk Management: 2. Environmental Toxicology. CRC Press, pp. 401-443. https://doi.org/10.1201/b18181
Gruiz K, Molnár M, Feigl V, Vaszita E, Klebercz O. Microcosm models and technological experiments. In Engineering Tools for Environmental Risk Management: 2. Environmental Toxicology. CRC Press. 2015. p. 401-443 https://doi.org/10.1201/b18181
Gruiz, K. ; Molnár, M. ; Feigl, V. ; Vaszita, E. ; Klebercz, O. / Microcosm models and technological experiments. Engineering Tools for Environmental Risk Management: 2. Environmental Toxicology. CRC Press, 2015. pp. 401-443
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