Potential of atmospheric water capture in the Northwest of Mexico

Ana Laura Bautista-Olivas, Mayra Mendoza Cariño, Fidencio Cruz Bautista, Clara Rosalía Álvarez Chávez, Héctor Francisco Duarte Tagles

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© 2018 Interciencia Association. All Rights Reserved. The availability of fresh and clean water is one of the most important challenges that humanity faces today. The objective in this study was to identify rural communities with water stress problems and appropriate atmospheric conditions to condense water vapor in Northwestern Mexico. We analyzed the relative humidity and temperature data over a period of three years to determine the predominant atmospheric conditions in these communities. The data was obtained from automated meteorological stations (EMAs) installed in this region. We identified 24 rural communities under extreme water stress and with medium potential to capture atmospheric water. These communities are located around the EMAs Presa Abelardo L. Rodríguez, San Juan, Presa Emilio López Zamora and Yécora, and recorded more than 100 days every year with optimum relative humidity and temperature conditions. This represents 27.7% of the total of the EMAs under study, where it is feasable to capture atmospheric water by using passive or active atmospheric water condensation.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)711-715
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018


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