Greening by Syntropic Restoration of the Biotic Pump

Guided by the physics behind the moisture pump, we have conceived a multitiered innovative greening strategy that employs an articulated combination of computer simulations of afforestation-climate scenarios, plus digital mapping of the potential hydrology of a particular landscape. Overlaying such approaches we can delineate spatialized greening potentials for stabilizing reforestation that create the conditions necessary for re-starting the moisture pump. Once potential areas have been identified, then reforestation projects can go ahead with the application of techniques for hillslope water harvesting coupled with autonomous irrigation, a planting technology capable of using over 90% less water than previous technologies.

The Biotic Pump makes it feasible to green lands previously off-limits for trees

The synergy of these innovative climatological-hydrological strategies makes the establishment of full-blown forests feasible on degraded or arid terrain. We aim to recreate and maintain autonomous ecosystems able to prime and reinstate the atmospheric moisture pump and thus restore a high throughput water cycle in the targeted region.

Syntropic Restoration mimics ecological succession, lending a little hand by mixing, matching, and managing compatible plants.

Trees in isolation are not capable of restoring independent forest ecosystems on degraded land. A forest is made up of many plant forms and myriad other organisms. For each region, there is a rich set of species and schemes of succession adapted to climate-soil conditions. We explore different species, how to plant, and how to combine them in accordance with empirical and theoretical knowledge derived from schemes tested in syntropic agriculture and local wisdom.

We also match the ecophysiology of life forms with environmental modeling. There needs to be a savvy eco-hydrological plan that starts with soil covered with a layer of herbaceous plants and organic matter, forming an ecological placenta of sorts, and progresses onto the construction of synergistic successional plant communities of higher strata in multiple layers. Syntropic restoration, therefore, evolves and transforms over time and space, continually increasing the quantity and quality of the community of life.

Syntropic restoration. Photo: by Freepik.