Projected climate change impacts upon dew yield in the Mediterranean basin

M. Tomaszkiewicz, M. Abou Najm, D. Beysens, I. Alameddine, Elie R. Bou-Zeid, M. El-Fadel

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Abstract

Water scarcity is increasingly raising the need for non-conventional water resources, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. In this context, atmospheric moisture can potentially be harvested in the form of dew, which is commonly disregarded from the water budget, although its impact may be significant when compared to rainfall during the dry season. In this study, a dew atlas for the Mediterranean region is presented illustrating dew yields using the yield data collected for the 2013 dry season. The results indicate that cumulative monthly dew yield in the region can exceed 2.8 mm at the end of the dry season and 1.5 mm during the driest months, compared to < 1 mm of rainfall during the same period in some areas. Dew yields were compared with potential evapotranspiration (PET) and actual evapotranspiration (ET) during summer months thus highlighting the role of dew to many native plants in the region. Furthermore, forecasted trends in temperature and relative humidity were used to estimate dew yields under future climatic scenarios. The results showed a 27% decline in dew yield during the critical summer months at the end of the century (2080).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1339-1348
Number of pages10
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume566-567
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

Keywords

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Dew
  • Geostatistical analysis
  • Non-conventional water resources

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