Project Fogcatcher, our newest non-EWB USA affiliated research project for EWB at UC San Diego, is also working to tackle the problem of water insecurity. When picturing areas in drought, we usually imagine vast deserts with flat terrain and extremely hot temperatures. However, there are people who live in regions of the world that do not fit this image, yet still struggle to access water resources. Fog deserts are regions with high amounts of fog yet little rainfall - typically by the ocean or in mountain ranges. For the people who live in these regions, gaining access to liquid water for drinking and agriculture can be a difficult task.
Project FogCatcher aims to design and implement a fog catcher that can convert the small aerial droplets in fog into fresh water. Project members determine the most effective design by making small-scale prototypes and communicating with experts familiar with fog-catching technology.
If you are interested in using some of your engineering skills to help complete this project, please consider filling out the sign-up form to get more information. In addition, feel free to tell your friends about the project and enourage them to join too! All majors are welcome.
Project Committees: Research, Design/Prototyping, Communication, Funding