First International Conference on Fog and Fog Collection



WELCOME


Welcome to the Information Page for the Conference. The various pages describing different aspects of the Conference will be updated and added to as we move closer to the Conference dates. Response to the First and Second Announcements have been excellent, with well over 295 pre- registrants from 70 countries.

We are planning a conference that, as well as being a stimulating forum for the exchange of ideas on fog related issues, will be an enjoyable experience for all the participants. The city of Vancouver and the Westin Bayshore Hotel are pleasant and beautiful locations for your families to spend time, or for you to enjoy a vacation before or after the Conference. We have started an information section on the conference hotel and noted links to some web sites that provide information on the Province of British Columbia and the city of Vancouver.

If you have not already pre-registered, we encourage you to do so.

We look forward to meeting you in Vancouver!

Robert Schemenauer
Conference Chair
Robert.Schemenauer@ec.gc.ca


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The First International Conference on Fog and Fog Collection will be held in Vancouver 19-24 July, 1998. The three main thrusts are science (physics, chemistry, meteorology), sustainable forestry, and development. It will bring together people working in the atmospheric sciences, forestry, geography, the environmental fields, development, and water planning.


The conference will address the role that fog plays in the water resources of the planet. Enormous volumes of water are contained in the fog present in coastal and mountainous regions. The water droplets in these fogs can be collected by vegetation, as in tropical or temperate montane cloud forests, or deposited onto grass covered hills. In desert regions, free of vegetation, deposition is minimal and the fogs ultimately evaporate. However, all of these regions offer the possibility to capture fog droplets in large artificial fog collectors. This is an inexpensive, low-technology, source of water for domestic, agricultural and forestry uses.

The conference will take a holistic view of the phenomenon and invite papers on the physics and chemistry of fog, the capture and use of fog water by vegetation, the effects of acidic fogs on vegetation, the importance of fog water to ground water supplies, the forecasting of fog, the managed use of fog water in fog collection projects, and the role of international institutions in developing the use of fog as a water supply for the next century. The conference will also include a special one-day symposium on a European Union sponsored fog collection project, which is focussed on forestry applications in the coastal desert of southern Peru.

Fog plays an important role in numerous diverse ecosystems; in many cases the role has not been recognized or has not been quantified. The conference will emphasize these issues and serve as a vehicle to raise the consideration given to fog in hydrological and ecosystem studies. It will also focus the eyes of water planners and development agencies on fog as a sustainable, environmentally friendly, water resource that deserves active consideration in many countries.