Abstract—Fog harvesting is a technique used to collect water
from the fog. This technique became widely used around the
world due to the lack of fresh water, as fog harvesting is
considered to represent an economical and a reliable source of
water. On that sense, fog collecting methods are mostly
implemented in areas that lack access to fresh water and is
mostly used for agricultural purposes and, in some cases, also
for providing clean drinking water. The basic idea of
harvesting the fog was first developed by farmers when some
types of adjoining cavities and containers were put around
plants to collect water from humid air, after that those
techniques were turned into fog harvesting structures. The
introduction of fog harvesting techniques was accompanied
with the introduction of new materials and different structures,
providing a range of options in regards to the meshes and to the
harvesting methods. In this paper, a practical and theoretical
assessment of existing fog harvesting meshes is performed in
order to characterize their economic and physical
characteristics. The final objective is to provide information
about their ability to perform in different conditions which is to
be added to an environmental conditioning structure for
Index Terms—Fog harvesting, meshes, embodied energy, pollution potential, environmental impact, economic impact.
The authors are with the University of Minho, Portugal (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: L. Hadba, P. Mendonça, L. T. Silva, and M. A. Carvalho, "Selecting Fog Harvesting Meshes for Environmental Conditioning Structures," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 11, no. 12, pp. 540-548, 2020.Copyright © 2020 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).