The Large Fog Collector Project

Using mesh fog-water collectors, freshwater can be harvested for irrigation or drinking. Farms in coastal California and other foggy places can learn to harvest fog water for immediate use as irrigation water by deploying large fog collectors (LFCs). The overall purpose of the project is to obtain information on the quantity of water that can be practically obtained from LFCs on a central California farm, what considerations maximize the volume of water collected per m2 of mesh, and how to best use the water collected from fog to protect perennial plants and orchards in times of extreme drought.

May 26th – Our first major fog event of the season caused a new spike in tips from our ECRN-100 tipping bucket sensor.

May 26 Fog Event

3 Standard Fog Collectors (SFCs) have been deployed at the UCSC farm to test for the most desirable location and direction to deploy the LFC.

Fog events detected by the sensors over the last week: