Drought Flood Synergy Network

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It is time to innovate and literally bridge the gap between drought zones and flood zones. The technology and necessary resources exist to create a future where droughts and floods do not make the nightly news, but instead remain only as stories in the Bible. Two high level problems are solved when source meets sink via the novel Drought Flood Synergy Network. The potential benefits serving a public good by eliminating droughts and floods cannot be overstated: Improve quality of life - check (Enjoy your swimming pool in the sun; No more detours due to floods; Eat, drink, and be merry); Automate tedious tasks - check (Transport/Distribute water); Prevent or reduce injuries - check (Reduce death by drought or flood); Improve public safety and security - check (Disease carrying insects such as mosquitoes breed less; Less crises motives to steal resources from neighbors); Save time and money - check (Less EMS calls); Offer alternative energy solutions - check (Solar energy); Reduce consumption of natural resources - check (Elites can water their lawns without drought guilt); Reduce waste - check (Farm crops/livestock/produce survive to feed humanity); Enable other product improvements - check (The basics of food and water are properly managed so we can continue to create the future and have our design contests).

This idea is novel because it takes two climate conditions that are devastating in isolation if left unchecked and networks them together to form a synergy that serves the public good by bringing balance to both climates.

U.S. Climatological Divisions span counties. Envisioned as being applied between counties and states, marketability is guaranteed by giving politicians an honorable tax to implement in their jurisdictions to preserve and provide access to the environment's natural water resource and protect public health against disease carrying insects such as mosquitoes, which form in stagnant flood zones. Intrastate markets between counties may exist, such as in Texas where parts of the state can be in drought conditions while other parts are in flood conditions simultaneously, and each county sees the need to buy into the network. Interstate markets exist, such as between Texas in flood conditions and California in drought conditions.

NOAA Palmer Drought Severity Index studies, as shown in the visual illustration, could provide candidate locations of the initial network backbone of connected pipelines. Drought zones typically have an abundance of sunshine and could provide solar energy to power storage/distribution nodes along the network. Power storage/distribution nodes could automatically store energy until needed by pumps. Pumps could provide the desired water flow direction from flood zones toward drought zones according to an automated source sink matching and routing algorithm.

Existing commercially available off the shelf components that have proven manufacturability can be combined into this novel innovative systems integration.

Create the future where the basics of life (food and water) are properly managed and prioritized in this 21st century so we can get back to designing our teleporters and holodecks, etc.

May History judge our judges as wise provident visionaries.

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    Dwight Altman
  • Type of entry:
    team
    Team members:
    Joe Altman (Architect)
    Dwight Altman (Engineer)
  • Profession:
    Engineer/Designer
  • Number of times previously entering contest:
    1
  • Dwight's favorite design and analysis tools:
    Free and open source software, TheBrain and the brain, EiffelStudio.
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  • Dwight is inspired by:
    Science Fiction becoming science fact.
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