We are now considering prototype projects in Namibia and Ecuador. The rate of disappearing cloud forests in Ecuador is alarming and I hope to make a contribution towards preserving some of the incredible diversity they offer. It may be quite personal, but people cutting down trees constantly to grow more food to make more people... is just not cool. This is not an academic statement.  The phenomenon of horizontal precipitation has been identified by my supervisor and I as a point of further research. 

Another ecosystem which offers great opportunities is the Namibian coastal desert, where among the dunes small oases of lush greenery could be created using fog collectors. These would not be targetted at settlements, but rather at desertification prevention and increse in biodiversity. I am now studying the UNESCO 2012 Water Report, just about 1000 pages, which has intersting case studies of gardens brough to life in the Jordan Wadi Rum desert valleys.

Technical drawings for the first mock-ups are being developed, to be tested here in Scotland. Some samples are on the way and we will be testing out connections and structural stability soon, before field fog collection tests in the great outdoors. Cannot wait for the great outdoors!

Thank you, I hope you find this inspiring. Please leave any comments below!

 

Image 1. Greenery belts along artificial aquatic landscape in Jordan. Source: UNESCO. 2012. THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD WATER DEVELOPMENT REPORT 4. Volume 3. p. 792. e-book ISBN 978-92-3-001045-4

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