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Water 2015, 7(7), 3306-3319;

Quantification of Fog Water Collection in Three Locations of Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Area of Agroforestry Engineering, University of La Laguna, Carretera de Geneto, 2, La Laguna, Tenerife 38200, Spain
Department of Soils and Irrigation, Canarian Crop Research Institute (ICIA), P.O. Box 60 La Laguna, Tenerife 38200, Spain
Department of Physics, University of La Laguna, Astrofísico Francisco Sánchez s/n, La Laguna 38271 Tenerife, Spain
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Academic Editor: María del Pino Palacios Díaz
Received: 10 April 2015 / Revised: 2 June 2015 / Accepted: 15 June 2015 / Published: 26 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Study, Development and Management of Water in Volcanic Areas)
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We present the results of fog water collection obtained with cylindrical fog gauges at three locations on the northern side of Tenerife island (Spain): La Esperanza (1093 m a.s.l.), Taborno (1015 m a.s.l.), and El Gaitero (1747 m a.s.l.). Concomitant meteorological variables were also measured. We show that fog precipitation was more frequent than rainfall. However, the volumes and frequency of daily fog water collection varied among the three studied sites, usually not exceeding 10–40 L d−1/m2 of collecting surface. In La Esperanza, fog water harvesting occurred frequently, but was considerably lower than in the other two locations. However, while in Taborno fog water collection episodes were distributed throughout the period, in El Gaitero these were mainly concentrated in two periods, during autumn and winter 2012–2013. The study of the relationships between daily fog water yields and the averages of meteorological variables did not show any clear trend, but it suggested that the greater volumes of collected fog water were logically associated with higher wind speeds and lower solar radiation conditions. Fog water collection in La Esperanza and in Taborno typically occurred within a similar temperature interval (7.5–12.5 °C), while in El Gaitero the phenomenon was associated with a lower temperature range (2.5–10 °C). View Full-Text
Keywords: cloud belt; fog; fog collection; precipitation; temperature inversion cloud belt; fog; fog collection; precipitation; temperature inversion

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Ritter, A.; Regalado, C.M.; Guerra, J.C. Quantification of Fog Water Collection in Three Locations of Tenerife (Canary Islands). Water 2015, 7, 3306-3319.

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