In the last few blogs, we learned that NASA, the UN, the city of Cape Town, and everybody else is convinced by overwhelming evidence, that we are running out of water, that almost all of it is poisonous and unusable, and that climate change is making it worse.
We also learned, along with the people in Flint Michigan that almost 100% of the water we do use is polluted, ridden with almost unremovable chemical traces and microfibers, specifically including the treated water coming from your tap, and that no one has water security and independence.
We learned along with climate scientists, that there is a single source of life saving water, that there is more than enough everyone on planet to have water in abundance, and that it is replenished every day as fast as it was taken out, was untapped unowned, and unused, and it was in the air.
We learned how water gets into the air, how much energy it contains, how it is cleansed by the process, and is the cleanest water possible. We learned that water vapor molecules move at 1000 mph, that about 80 Amazon Rivers of fresh water flow into the atmosphere every day (20,000 gals per minute), and that a swimming pool will lose 25,000 gals per day.
So where is all this water?
Well the first answer is it never stays in one place. It moves from oceans to the air, from aquifers to the surface, and moves constantly whenever and wherever the wind blows, literally. It moves seasonally, following the warmer weather back and forth across the equator. And it moves in multi-year phases, such as the Pacific Ocean El Nino cycle.
Here is a great NASA video using GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite data that gives examples of global fresh water movement and trends, and the resulting long-term drought in California, Central Asia, and the Arabian Peninsula. https://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/167/video-for-15-years-grace-tracked-freshwater-movements-around-the-world/
The second answer is the movement of water vapor, unlike ground water, is very predictable. Unlike ground water, which moves from glaciers to rivers to oceans, from aquifers to farm fields, and from fresh water lakes and rivers to municipal reservoirs, water in the air follows the regular weather patterns. We know, globally and in the aggregate, where the atmospheric water is.
Here are several maps developed by the University of Wisconsin that shows where the atmospheric water is. Basically, the greener the map is, the higher the annual average humidity. You can get more detailed continental maps here and they are pretty interesting! https://nelson.wisc.edu/sage/data-and-models/atlas/maps.php?datasetid=53&includerelatedlinks=1&dataset=53
So, what does this tell us? Lots!
First, most of the people on the planet live in areas where the annual average relative humidity is 60% or better. That means about 6 Billion people (80%of the population) are surrounded by abundant water (over 600 cubic miles)! That is over 400 cubic meters (100,000 gals) of fresh water per person! And don’t forget it is replenished daily and will never run out! The conclusion is that there is about 20,000 times the daily adult requirement for fresh water, and 1,200 times the US average water usage per person in the air around them, replenished daily.
Second, and this is may be the most significant observation, is that the regions of high relative humidity and high precipitation do not always overlap. In plain terms, there are large areas of very low rainfall with hot arid climates that have very high humidity, such as the Guajira peninsula of Colombia, the southern Arabian Peninsula, and the eastern Indian subcontinent. The regional weather pattern assures that there is plenty of water in the air, but the air never cools enough naturally to produce much rain, or there is a seasonal deluge followed by severe annual drought. For these populations, the fresh water is all around them and they can’t reach it!
Finally, there are micro-climates, particularly in warm coastal areas, that have low or strictly seasonal rainfall but year-round high relative humidity. These include coastal California and Texas, the western coast of the Persian Gulf, Neom in Saudi Arabia and coastal islands, including the entire Caribbean island chain and other archipelagos in the Pacific and Indonesia.
Fresh clean water, this precious and irreplaceable resource, that all people need to survive, this is fast disappearing from the ground, is available everywhere, particularly in those areas of greatest need. Getting this abundant water out of the air and to the people who need it will change lives in ways we cannot imagine today.
Let’s go get some!
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