Human Microcosms and Space

  • Robert J. Beyers
  • Howard T. Odum
Part of the Springer Advanced Texts in Life Sciences book series (SATLIFE)


Designing mesocosms to include people has become a major goal of research in ecological engineering as a prelude to life in space and a means to understand the carrying capacity of the earth for humans. Closed systems for humans were a natural extension of the intellectual study of microcosms, models, and the biosphere. Previous chapters have described the creative genesis and resilience of self-organizing ecosystems in isolation when given materials, energy, and biodiversity. To adapt microcosms to people requires a symbiotic human microculture and technology, in partnership with a compatible mesoecosystem.


Solar Cell Life Support Life Support System Complex Ecosystem Simple Symbiosis 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Beyers
    • 1
  • Howard T. Odum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of South AlabamaMobileUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Engineering SciencesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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