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National Center of Meteorology highlight UAE’s prominent role in supporting rain enhancement research

Seoul- South Korea: A high-level delegation from the National Center of Meteorology (NCM) and UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) headed by His Excellency Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, Executive Director of NCM and President of the Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), participated in Korea International Weather Modification Workshop hosted by Seoul.

Running from 4 to 6 November 2019, the event aimed to highlight the latest developments and innovations in weather modification and coordinate research efforts.

The workshop which was augmented with an opening speech by His Excellency Dr Abdulla Al Mandous gathered the top international decision makers and experts in weather modification from different countries worldwide, the event addressed various issues related to weather research such as observation, experiment and numerical model of cloud physics and weather modification. Other topics under the scanner included Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interaction (CAPI), strategy and research design of precipitation enhancement, application of weather modification techniques to mitigate the impact of drought, air pollution and forest fires, etc.

His Excellency Dr Abdulla Al Mandous said: “Our participation in this international workshop was aimed at highlighting the UAE’s pioneering efforts in promoting and advancing rain enhancement research through building synergies and strengthening collaboration with leading international research institutions and scientists. These efforts go a long way in building capacities at local and international levels as well as stepping up international efforts to find viable solutions for global water security challenges.”

For her part, Alya Al Mazroui, Director of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, said: “Korea International Weather Modification Workshop provided us with an excellent opportunity to reach out to leading international stakeholders involved in weather modification. At the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, we hold a series of overseas roadshows and participate in specialized international events throughout the year to share our expertise and explore international cloud seeding success stories. Such outings allow us to re-align the focus of our research activities with the future scientific developments in rain enhancement to ensure the sustainability of water resources in arid and semi-arid regions across the world.”

During her participation in a session titled Weather Modification Strategy and Future Technology, Al Mazrouei gave an overview of the efforts that the UAE are achieving in the rain enhancement field, in terms of pioneering initiatives that contribute to attaining water security on a global level through UAEREP and its 9 Awarded Projects, in addition to the 4th International Rain Enhancement Forum. She also invited researchers and scientists to submit their innovative research proposals to the next cycle of the program.

As part of its participation in the workshop and its various sessions, the delegation highlighted UAEREP’s weather modification techniques using advanced aircrafts, history of cloud seeding in the UAE, statistical randomization method in the UAE, and validation of cloud seeding operations. UAEREP experts also outlined measurements and manufacture technology of cloud chamber, seeding materials, field instruments, production of hygroscopic flares, cloud seeding operations by aircraft and ground generators, and Emirates Weather Enhancement Factory and its future plans.

On the sidelines of the workshop, NCM and UAEREP team met with the team of the 3rd Cycle Awardee Prof. Eric Frew and was briefed on the progress made in his innovative research project.  Prof. Eric Frew, Associate Professor at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder, is developing an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), which employs custom-made sensors to gather in-situ, real time data to sense and target suitable clouds for seeding using unmanned aerial vehicles.

NCM and UAEREP delegation also visited the weather modification technologies exhibition held on the sidelines of the Workshop to explore the latest technologies and paid a field visit to the laboratories of the Korean Meteorological Association.

Since its launch in 2015 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the UAEREP has made significant strides in advancing rain enhancement research. Managed by the NCM, the program aims to develop innovative technologies to address water security challenges especially in arid and semi-arid areas. It also promotes effective international cooperation and supports advanced scientific and technical research projects covering all aspects of rain enhancement utilizing the UAE’s world-class infrastructure that enables state-of-the-art national rain enhancement operations.


© Press Release 2019

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