Sea Floater - built to withstand storm and the raging sea
Be prepared for the rising of the sea level as it rises 3.6 mm a year. There are also six hundred million people living in coastal areas to boot. Scientists are of the view that sea level rise is caused by the world's glaciers melting. 260 gigatons of water were added to the sea each year between 2003 and 2009, making these rivers of ice responsible for almost a third of sea-level rise in that time.
Classic NASA pictures showing the glacier’s (greenland) continued retreat and thinning in the second half of the 20th century. From 1941 to 2004, the front of the glacier moved back about seven miles while its thickness decreased by more than 2,625 feet, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
While historical photos like these show change over many decades, satellites are giving us a better understanding of how Earth’s ice cover has changed in the more recent past. What you can see on the top might not be dramatic enough but if only you were to see what is below the ice sheet that might make you wonder how long to go before the whole of polar ice sheet melts away! The satellite era, beginning in the 1970s, has given us a picture of accelerating ice changes in places like Alaska, Greenland and Antarctica, where the loss of land-based ice is contributing to global sea level rise.
How does Global Warming affect sea level rising? Global Warming is mainly brought about because we are over burning fossil fuel. Yes, everyone agrees because their conscience tells them that they have spent too much for their comfort. Continuous buring of fossil fuel plus the use of energy for industrialisation really fowls up the atmosphere with the result that the warm air does not radiate out of the earth fast enough. But why are we worried about increase air temperature when we can have our air conditioning at a tap? Increase air temperature will quicken the melting of the glaciers and ice caps, thus causing the sea level to increase. If the antartica were to melt away, sea level will increase by 200 feet. Now, that is frightening although it would likely not happen that fast. Perhaps in another two million years? But we have to do something about it for if even the sea level were to rise two feet, we will have big problems.
Climate Change is real and we would be better off prepared or else face human disaster of a kind worse than war. As sea level rise, those who are staying in low land will need to shift to higher grounds. If the water level were to rise even two meters, big cities like New York, Honolulu, San Diego, Jarkarta, Lagos, Venice and Shanghai will go underwater. Inhabitants will have to move to a higher places and a large swathe of coastal land will disappear. But is there a solution to recover back these lost land? Experts called for huge bunds to be built to contain the raging sea. But just how much bunds can you build? Or is there a better solution. Yes, indeed there is a solution. Lets take the coastal land for a start. A "Sea Float Platform" can be considered. These are platforms which sink into the coastal land and anchored there for the long deal. There are floating devices which can uphold the platform even if the land were to be surrendered to the sea. Now, the platform also acts as a anchor point for a series of solar panels hunged from a tall mast. Right below the solar panels we have a water harvestor . A vertical farming container can be coupled to the solar panel and water harvestor.
Thus, the Sea Floater platform will act like an oil rig to anchor a solar energy generator plus a water harvestor (AWG), a vertical farm , and a sheltered home (or anything of your choice) all in one. You will now have a floating platform that is able to produce energy, food and water. The Sea Floater is designed in modular form so that you can expand it by linking to others. You can even build a town out of it! But when it is erected, it does not have to float as it is anchored to the ground. It only floats when the land is being eaten up by the sea so even if the sea were to take over the land, you can still stay afloat and do planting, energy and water harvesting (fresh drinking water at that) on top of the sea. When you put energy, water and man together, you can do almost anything. You can also provide a channel for transport and connectivity to others. You could also create a drone landing platform and fly in and out using a drone fitted with floats. Planting and fish rearing is semi-automatic process so you can monitor from a remote place as IoT's and actuators form part of the system. If you chose you could monitor from your yatch! Indeed we don't have to cry when the sea takes over but we would need to put more funds into further development of the Sea Floater as it will save us from human disaster when the ice really melts!
Expanding further, Sea Floater is not just a stand alone structure. You can cross link them to form a large network of working platform, expanding them inland and even out to the sea! That way, you won't be stymied by the encroaching sea but instead able to overcome the disaster wrought on by rising sea level. In contrast to the often stated solution to move inland, this solution instead is asking folks to move outwards! Its like taking the bull by its horn. New industrial hubs will be possible just by looking at the raging sea. And you don't need the sea water as you can generate water from the atmosphere instead! How is that for overcoming your asdversity? Expanding even further, nations that have sea fronts will be able to expand their territory by encroaching onto the sea. Nature may be fearsome but man with his ingenuity can overcome every adversity if he only think out of the box.
You would have noticed that the Sea Floater is able to generate water which is an important ingredient of life, you can site it at any place in the world and it will bring you water, even if you are in the desert. Combined with the generation of electricity, the Sea Floater is capable of sustaining life with its capability of growing food crops and the rearing of either sea water fish or fresh water fish. This make Sea Floater suitable to be installed in any sorts of disaster area.
Sea Floater is able to harvest water from the atmosphere through an Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG). The water is of a distilled quality. The water is then treated onboard to make it safe for drinking. In order to make it taste good, a mineral formula is added to make it palatable. The amount of generated water will depend on the requirement and can be scaled up if needed. As the generating of water requires energy, more energy generating modules can be added. Suffice to say that if there is sun shine, then water will be guaranteed. Alternatively, a small wind turbine can be added to boost electricity generation. Also a storage battery can be add to the twenty four hours operation of the AWG.
Part of the aim in designing the Sea Floater is to also take care of the environment, including the sea. Waste is a part of human activities. On board Sea Floater, human waste is recycled into fertilizers for the plant. With Sea Floater, you do not have to discharge your raw waste into the ocean. If hydrophonics is practiced on the platform, then the treated waste can be fed into the system as a form of fertilizer. Urine is treated by means of evaporation into its main constituent which is water. Solid waste is then separated into organic and inorganic material. Organic waste is then treated into animal food whilst inorganic waste can be transported to inland landfills. Fishes, whether it is the sea bred or pond bred kind can be reared on the platform (sea mobile version). Underwater fish cage can be attached to the platform such that you can have a sea water fish farm right next to the platform. Thus you can see that although the Sea Floater was designed as a stand alone unit, it however can form the nucleus of a production ecosystem as it is expandable.
Let us take the example of the Kiribati Islands. As it is, lying just two metres above sea level at its highest points, the island of Kiribati is a good example of what rising sea level can do to it. Kiribati Group, being made up of 32 islands could be lost to the sea in the next 50 years if nothing is done to it. To make matter worse, it is one of the most densely populated area on earth, with 110,000 people trying to make a living (tourism). But how to save it? Well, we would like to propose that Sea Floaters be installed all around its coast. That way, if the sea were to eat it up, at least there will be something remaining. With the ability to generate electricity and the harvesting of water from the atmosphere, life will be guaranteed if the islanders chose to grow vegetables and rear fish for a change. Even when the sea has inundated the coast, the agricutural and fishig (rear fish by way of aquaponics) will remain. They could also build homes on top of the platform. Now, that is a real revolution, taking nature on its war path! And if it works for Kiribati, then it will work for the rest of the unfortunates.
Of course it is not doom for all. In a surprise finding, scientist found that some attols are growing in size, even though sea level is rising. Some of Marshal Island's atoll is indeed growing in size for example the one called Jeh Island. Confounded by the strange development, scientist went to take a look. They found that the cause of the growth is because sediments on parts of the atoll had been deposited with the skeletal remains of the surrounding reefs. As reefs die out, their skeletal remains get deposited on the bottom of the sea. These deposition then form the basis for the seabed to rise above water. It was also determined through carbon dating that such deposits only occured recently. Still, these enlarging atolls will make no impact to the sea level rise as they usually occur in parts of the atoll that has got very little inhabitants. Perhaps environmentalist can figure out how to make good of these developments, also not forgetting that Sea Floaters can indeed make good of these uprisings.
Yet another example is Hawaii. The Big Island of Hawaii is sinking as the sea is rising. From its palm-fringed beaches to the summit of Mauna Kea, 13,796 feet high, it is forcast that nothing will remain of that island but a small, stony outcrop on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in the far northwest, thousands of miles from where it stands today. Will we kiss goodbye to Hawaii? Of course not as too much is at stake. We could do early remediation work for the many islands that brought much tourist to it. And yes, we will propose for the islanders to install Sea Floaters around its coast as the only way out of the quamire. It will also give this islanders a kiss of life as a grower of vegetables and fruits using the aquaponics system. As the Sea Floaters will remain floated in the event that the sea managed to claim the island, the islanders will find a new host in the platform, even making a good example of how mankind faces its adversities.
Jarkarta, the capital of Indonesia can wait no more:it is to be relocated to the island of Borneo. To add to the problem of rising sea level, this city with population of 10.7 million is sinking. It is estimated that Jarkarta sinks 25 cm a year and even as it is protected from the sea by a sea wall. Whenever there is rain, the city will be flooded as the water cannot flow fast to the sea. So President Widodo made a decision to relocate to the island of Borneo but the move is not to move everybody to the new site as old Jarkarta will still have a life. This is the first modern time a city is relocated because it is sinking. Will cities like Shanghai, Lagos and many other coastal cities follow suit? Or will there be other solutions or perhaps look forward to embracing Sea Floaters to ease the situation?
Man has found it convenient to draw out water from the ground but there are consequences. When water is drained out of the ground, it is replenished by rain. Unfortunately, most of the underground reservoir or aquifer take a long time to replenish and if water is drawn out of it at too fast a rate, then the land on top of it will experience sinking. That is what happened to Jarkarta, Houston and Beijing and many other places that rely on ground water. How then can we rescue these sinking towns? The easiest method is to just relocate it but it is easier said than done because we are aware that the poor people could not afford relocation, not even if you ask them to move out to the suburbs unless of course it is subsidised by the government. However, tapping out water from undergrounds should be stopped for now as allowing it will lead to no end. An alternative is of course to tap the water from the air and this should be encouraged for every household to do just so that they would have their drinking water guaranteed. Even though there is a price to doing it, it will nevertheless help in relieving off pressure for the authorities to keep searching for additional sources of 'liquid gold'.
Island sinking even with a bund built to cut down on the wave.
Taking the example of Jarkarta where people had to draw water from underground for their daily usage, it goes to show that you cannot continue drawing underground water without finding a way to replenish it. Indeed, what Jarkarta can do is to at least rechannel back the used water into the ground at a deep level insead of flushing it out to the sea. But for Jarkarta, it might be too late for such remediations, still some sort of work could be taken to shore up the land as not all the population is going to be relocated. Jarkarta still have a live but it must find a way to source for water, perhaps desalination should be considered as a means to partly fulfill the need for water. Another idea is to implement recycling of waste water for washing purposes. But as it is, there won't be enough of political will to even consider such since it has already decided to relocate to Borneo.
We will have to take a look at why cities are sinking. One of the known reason is that because of population rising, there is a shortage of water and so people start to mine water from under the ground which results in the land sinking. So it is probably a man made problem right. The other thing is that you can't tell people to get out of the city to reduce the water consumption. So if the land were to sink into the sea, the only solution is to ask the people to live above the water which many poor communities are doing that. Perhaps that is even hip to do so going by the book of many rich people staying in their luxury yacht!
Seeing that the sea is going to eat up more of our land, it goes to figure out a way to overcome the setback. One of the way is to use a barge to house all our energy, vegetable, fish and water production and to make it mobile so that its production can be transported to a port. Using Mobile Sea Floater is one of the way to overcome the inadvitable lost of land. Furthermore, using Mobile Sea Floater could relieve us of the use of land for economic activities like vegetable cultivation. Mobile Sea Floater comes with a small propulsion system so as to be able to navigate the waterways. There is also a cabin onboard for work and resting. Sea Gypsies yah:the future of work when water is every where.
We will now take a look at Europe. Recently, a EU scientist suggested that it would save them money in the long run to build sea defences around 70% of the European coastline. He is talking about building tall walls. That is in case the ice caps were to suddenly melt. It would mean that they will lose to see their coast, or perhaps semi-transparent walls with windows! But what would happen when all the others with low coastal lands were to follow suit. Well, it is no small matter when the sea come rushing in because when they come in, they won't leave unlike high tides. Still, it is too early to take such a step if at all.
Scientist are of the view that an increase of sea level will cause a change in our weather pattern. For a start, there will be more rainfall although not at the right place. With more rain there will be more erosions, more fertile soil lost to the sea and more landslides with more people displaced. Beaches will shrink and lakes will form inland and islands will dissapear. Meanwhile, the population is increasing at an alarming rate and land for food production will be scarce. Floods will be the order of the day and people will be trapped in slumps. With the sea encroaching into our land, we will have to move up the highlands where it is not suitable for food production. How else can we breathe?
One of the most serious impact from sea level rising is the damage done to agricultural land due to the ingress of salt water. Salinity is toxic to plants as cloride ions will poison the plant till the cells stop reproduction. Excess salinity can prevent the cells from taking up nitrogen and with its starving the cells will wilt and die. However there are some success stories about planting rice in saline ingressed land in Northern China but we can not expect it to make a big difference to the large acreage destroyed by the infusion of sea water. But we will have to address this problem as the sea water is fast reaching our agricultural land especially those that are facing the sea. The other problem is sea water ingressing into our water resources which is vital to our living of which we cannot do anything about even if we were to build great walls to prevent sea water from ingressing into our rivers. Perhaps then we should build up our agricultural land above water level by way of installing vertical farming methods. Again, Sea Floaters come to the rescue.
If the sea is not coming in, we are safe. Really?
A recent study of the rising sea level in Honolulu goes to show that the well-water depth (inland ground water level) fluctuated with daily tides and large offshore waves. With this connection, it would seem that as the sea level rises, ground water level near the coast would also rise. A ground water level rise would seem not to have us worried but a further analysis of the event means that the ground water level rise was caursed by the seeping in of sea water. And that is worrying because that would mean the infiltration of salt into the ground water and once the ground water has become saline, it follows that the water catchment area will be polluted and makes water treatment impossible. So, even if we don’t see the sea encroaching into our shores, it does not mean that salt pollution won’t occur. We are being threatened slowly without our knowledge!
Of course we are now aware that we have to do everything possible to stymie the increase of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. There is that Paris accord on Climate Change where countries take on themselves to be carbon neutral come 2050. A new report just came in stating that regardless of what we have been doing about curtailing our spew of carbon dioxide, we will still be facing sea level rising till the 2300s. We will have to look at other means now before we are surrounded by salt water.
Things to be done before the surge come knocking.
Our Sewage System - the most vulnerable infrastructure when the water seeps into as salt water will destroy the sewage system like no others. Seepage of sewage out into the environment will cause great amount of havoc: disease will spread through the water. So it is vital for authorities to look into upgrading the sewage system into a system that can withstand being flooded by sea water. As it is conventional sewage system cannot work when it is inundated with sea water. The idea of channelling sewage to a treatment plant might not work because we cant water proof the pipings. A new system would be a better proposal, one that espouses individual waste treatment where each individual household must handle their own treatment. Obviousely, this is going to cost a bomb but there is no other choice. Using the Sea Floater system might just be the solution as each home can generate their own energy and fresh water to help propel waste treatment.
What about somebody suggested retreat? The idea of retreat might sound right but we will have to ask ourselve where are we going to find the land to retreat to. Maybe it is possible for the rich but definitely not for the average guy. It might be a better idea to move outwards into the sea and in this respect, the Sea Floater offers a unique solution. Move out and build a large cluster of habitats overlaying the sea and link them in such a way that it forms a viable sea front. Again, an idea like the Sea Floater enables man to conquer their adversity. Sea Floater also offers a way to generate fresh water which is a vital part for living ontop of sea water. With the ability to generate their own electricity, home owners can do many things, even continuing their business. This is not possible if you use the conventional floating house that often need a supply of water and electricity from the grid.
Realign your electrical outlets - important to rewire your house circuits before the water make permanent flooding of your house. Sea level is not expected to rise dramatically but will slowly rise until you realised it. And if you face frequent flooding of your apartment, then you have to do something about it. You will probably have some time to adjust those electrical circuits so that it will not cause short circuit when water seeps in. It is common for electrical plugpoints to be placed low from the floor especially in those place where you connect your LCD TV. Also because people don't expect water to be present but because there is a distant possibility that your house will be inundated during high tide or during the afermath of a big storm like Katrina, it goes to be on a better footing if you will just do a realignment of the house circuits so as to ward off any electrocution.
With sea level rising one meter, most of the world's beaches will be lost - there is a need to build inland beaches. 50% of the world's recreational area lies near the beach. If the sea level were to rise even one meter, all these beaches will be lost and people will feel miserable. Artificial beaches can be created inland with water front thrown in but it would be best to build it at a high level. Alternatively small beaches could be built with their front facing the sea, but they must be be able to be elevated (by a mechanical means) when the sea level rises. Sand can be claimed from the bottom of the sea where available without destroying the sea eco-system. It would be a great service to mankind if we can spent our resources to reclaim the under water sand for filling the inland hinterland to a higher level.
Moving to up the hills - as the world is experiencing a warmer climate, an expert has cautioned that many places in the interior and highly urbanised enclaves will experience heat waves and pollution. People will just turn on their air conditioning which is mostly powered by the burning of fossil fuel which will further exacerbate air temperature. One way to counter the increase in air temperature is to move away from the urban centers. Moving lock stock and barrels to the hills should be encouraged. Even better, moving agricultural activities up the hill should be explored. But moving up the hill will require re-shaping the hill to allow habitation. Hills will have to be re-shaped to allow flat land for growing. Another way is to use Vertical Farm Technology to grow food and bred fish without having to level the hill land.
Moving out to the sea - if by moving inland to escape the flood might not be enough, then what better way to move out to the sea! Sea front developments are normally identified with the rich but no more as scarce land is eaten up by the rising sea, people living near to the coast should build their abodes out to the sea. You can also include small manufacturing plants that can help the inhabitants to make a living. As well as offices that floats on the water. This idea will make encrouching sea water less frightening and might as well the inland area will have shrunk anyway.
Sea Floater is also for the deserts!
Yes, the Sea Floater is suitable for the deserts where water is usually a lacking. As the desert storm swifts the landscape, the Sea Floater (adapted for deserts) with its bare structures is able to overcome the sand storm. What will remain after a storm is a structure that can be build up into a settlement enclave that has the capability to provide its own water and energy. You will be able to use it as a nucleus to build a viable settlement piece with the availability of water and electricity on tap. Water and electricity is a given as long as there is sunshine. Water is generated through a atmospheric water generator (awg) and electricity is generated through solar panels. Wind turbines may be added to create additional power. The system is also enhanced by the addition of underground pumped hydro system to store unused electricity. Transforming the desert becomes possible as long as man is willing to live there.
As a result of increasingly drying weather, large tracts of land have been turned into deserts. Deserts now cover 5.2 billion hectares or 43% of earth’s land mass. It is one of the greatest disaster of the twenty first century and there is very little we can do to reverse it. But reverse we must or given the worsening weather, it could force mankind to fight with each other just to gain a foothold onto that precious piece of land that is not affected by desertification. But how can we fight? One of the way to stop desertification from progressing is to install Sea Floater on desert land. After having installed, the Sea Floater will begin to generate water from the air. It will also generate electricity. So with these two vital items, you can start to grow grass and hardy plants. That will be your starting point to re-green the land. Scaling it up will be the next step and lo and behold, you will have succeeded in reversing what nature has failed.
It is often the case where people find it extremely convenient to draw out water from beneath the ground. But if they do it continuosly, then the land will sink or the water is not replenish fast enough. Sinking cities is a fact and underground water drying up is a sure thing. It will be soon enough that the green land turns into a desert. And they blame on climate change! But what can these poor people do? And what about the government? Well, there are ways to reverse desertification and most of all there must have a will. One of the way is to install Sea Floater because with it, there will come water and with water you can bring back life, and bring back green. Add to that you will be able to generate electricity which will go a long way in resuscitating the land to its former self. Small things that help change for the better instead of going about blaming the weather and not doing anything.
As an afront to the rising sea level, utilising a Sea Floater unit to strengthen the ground of a mangrove forest makes sense in that the underground framework of the Sea Floater can act as strong foundation mangrove roots. With a strengthen foundation, the mangrove forest will not have to be washed away when a storm strikes. With a strong foundation, the under water ecosystem will thrive even with the beating of strong tidal waves. Mangrove forest is an important element of carbon sinks as it is reported to have captured 6,4000,000,000 metric tons of carbon! So it is important to help save the mangrove forest if we were to try and avert climate change.
All said, when you find yourself submerged under water it is not the end of the world like what most people think. If you can, you just build something on top of it that's all. And if the ground under your feet dissapears due to it being washed away, you can build floating device to attached to just so you do not sink. The Sea Floater espoused by Iskandar Project is just one of many solutions. There are more. Remember, man is very good at building and man have built mountains of structures on top of the earth. But if there is no more land, then you build it ontop of whatever thing is under your feet. The world is changing and man must also change with it. Living on top of the sea is one of them.