Water is the source of life and in the desert, and life in the desert is dependent of the optimal utilization of water resources. In this workshop we will learn about the factors that affect the availability and water resources of the desert by investigating issues such as: how plants and animals survive when water is scarce, how humans have used and stored water in the desert throughout the centuries through historical and modern methods and technologies. The workshop will be taught through a combination of classroom lectures and field trips.
This workshop is also offered in Hebrew.
Field trips included: Workshop attendees will conduct site visits and tours to the Midreshet Ben-Gurion campus, Avdat farm, and Ramalia cistern. Field exercises will include computational studies of runoff water patterns, studies of desert vegetation and adaptation techniques to desert conditions, and a field test/data collection exercise that will include embedding cameras around desert water sources and examining results the next day.