Online-Biomonitoring and In Situ-Bioassays

6. November 2024 - 7. November 2024, 9:00 Uhr - 17:00 Uhr

Oekotoxkurs 24/2

This one and a half day course aims to provide an overview on the application of online biomonitoring and in situ bioassays to monitor water, soil and sediment quality.

Online biomonitoring is applied to evaluate water quality with high temporal resolution using aquatic organisms as indicators and therefore allowing to capture patterns of peak events. To date, the method has been established mainly for the assessment of drinking water and surface water. Its application to wastewater is currently being explored. In situ bioassays, in which organisms are exposed directly in their natural environment, e.g. in cages, have been established for different environmental compartments, such as water, sediment and soil.

An overview of both methods will be followed by presentations of selected case studies for different environmental matrices and compartments. In addition, future research needs and perspectives for the application of online biomonitoring and in situ bioassays in regulation will be discussed. The second day will be devoted to demonstrating several of the methods presented.

Lead: Dr. Cornelia Kienle

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