BlueRevolution ResearchConcept / Research & Development
This century is faced with global problems and trends like rapid urbanization, rising demands for food and biofuel, pollution, and increasing temperatures through climate change. These present large challenges for agriculture, as land shortage is inevitable.
The BlueRevolution provides an alternative to the traditional ‘consuming city’. This alternative comprises of solutions to multiple interconnected problems of delta cities around the world. As an integrated concept it proposes floating development that can be ‘plugged in’ to existing cities and help them recycling waste nutrients and CO2 that often end up in the environment, polluting it. After the first inception, research on the BlueRevolution concept has made several steps. The global potential of the BlueRevolution was evaluated, estimating the contribution of floating productive developments in solving global land scarcity. The comparison between the available land and the amount of space that human population will require to sustain their lifestyle in the near future showed that we will experience land shortage equivalent to the size of North America, mainly due to increasing food and biofuel demands. If part of the food and biofuel production is moved to water, pressure on land-based ecosystems could be eased. After evaluating the potential on a global scale, research on the BlueRevolution potential for delta and coastal cities was carried out, analyzing nutrients and CO2 flows in cities as Rotterdam and Manila in more detail, and evaluating the opportunity of reusing them productively. The research demonstrates the direct impact on reducing land scarcity and increasing cities’ resilience in the fields of food and energy. The research on the BlueRevolution is currently ongoing, with the objective of soon being able to test and demonstrate ideas and concepts in pilots and future projects.