Various public and private space companies are currently planning missions to Mars, but Project Nomad is going one step further. The plan is to build mobile skyscrapers that would move about the planet's surface using Martian minerals to create complex greenhouse gases and release them into the atmosphere. This would change the atmosphere and soil chemistry of Mars in order to make it hospitable for human colonization.
Project Nomad, which has been entered into the Evolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, was the brainchild of Antonio Ares Sainz, Joaquin Rodriguez Nuñez and Konstantino Tousidonis Rial of Spain. It is their response to “the global increase in population, its concentration in cities, and the development of emerging countries leading to a big increase in energy need.”
“The Earth has undergone dramatic climatic changes, which have been linked, by a large consensus, to greenhouse gases (GHG). The concentration of GHG in the atmosphere directly affects the global temperature, with potentially global, dramatic consequences. Without any doubt, it is indispensable to define an objective of maximum emissions, in order to limit problems in the future in the Earth [sic].”