Hesam T. Rostami

Hesam T. Rostami

Toronto, ON, CA


Amazon Water Sprouts

Deforestation occurs rapidly in Amazon rainfall forest and hits it significantly. According to a published report by WWF, almost 60% of the region’s forest could be wiped out or severely damaged by 2030. As the lung of our planet, producing about 20% of earth’s oxygen, this damage could release a huge amount of carbon dioxide and speed up the process of global warming dramatically.

While dramatic climate changes bring unexpected rainfalls and floods, Amazon has suffered severe droughts recently; the worst during the last century and it can transfer Amazon rainforest from a carbon sink to a carbon source, a serious danger for the already jeopardized nature’s equilibrium. The “point of no return” for Amazon is extremely close and protecting such a natural treasure seems urgent and essential.[1]

This proposal suggests water storage spots among the forest, keeping absorbed rainfalls and releasing it gradually during hot seasons or rapidly in wildfires. Considering significant rainfalls during wet season, preserving a portion of this water can help the nature to deal with its intolerable dry season. These water sprouts contains two main parts, upper part collects the water of rainfalls and dews with their wide leaves on top and conduct it toward the lower part, trunk, that preserves and release the water.

The upper part contains the water absorbents, solar energy collectors and surveillance instruments. Two wide leaves open to the sky collecting a part of rainfall water and absorbing dews from the humid air of Amazon forest. Solar energy collectors, water filter, detectors and transmitting antenna could facilitate the process of aggregation. Different elements shape this part of water sprout: structural shell, water absorber, solar blades and the filters.

Structural shell forms outside part of the leaves and conduct the collected dews with its internal surface toward water storage. Water absorber is the mid layer of the leaves that collect water rainfall and dew. This transparent layer has a ridged surface facing up and its tracks conduct the water rainfall to the trunk. These layers also trap the air inside during the cool nights condensing moisture and collecting dew from this humid air. The external layers of the leaves provide needed energy with installed solar panel on the blades. This stored energy could be used to pump and spray the water during dry season. Water filter purify absorbed water by the leaves and conduct it to the trunk. This filter can be regularly checked and cleaned.

The Lower part or trunk preserve the water during rainy seasons and turn it back to the natural cycle gradually during dry seasons. The main part of the trunk is allocated to the water storage in double layer container. Collected water pump out using water pump fixed in the top of the trunk and a set of pipes installed between two layers of the container. Water sprays are designed in three levels capable of spraying out the water in different vegetation layers of the forest. The upper nozzles will be used mostly to throw out the water further with higher pressure and the other levels release the water slower to moisten the vegetation nearby.

The whole structure of water sprouts are designed to be installed in several parts, light enough to be transported in place with airship or helicopter so that the construction part can be done with less manipulation in nature. In this way these self sufficient towers can be installed in any needed part of Amazon regardless of its geographic restrictions.



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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Amazon
My Role: Designer
Additional Credits: Bahareh Atash