Civil Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 11-15-2022


Drinking water scarcity is a global challenge as ground water and surface water availability diminishes. The atmosphere is an alternative freshwater reservoir that has universal availability and an abundance of water within the air. This makes the atmosphere a great source to capture drinking water. In order to effectively perform Atmospheric Water Harvesting (AWH) we need to 1) understand how different climate regions (e.g., arid, temperate, and tropical) drive the amount of water being produced, and 2) determine the cost to purchase, operate, and power AWH. This research pairs thermodynamics with Techno-Economic Analysis, a method of analyzing the economic performance and feasibility of a technology, to highlight the cost breakdown and water productivity of AWH across climates.


Techno-Economic Analysis, Atmospheric Water Harvesting, Water Reuse, Climate Modeling, Dehumidifier


Special thanks to Pepsi Co, Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), and New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute for funding this research

Document Type




Degree Name

Civil Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Civil Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Anjali Mulchandani

Second Committee Member

Kerry Howe

Third Committee Member

Jingjing Wang

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