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UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science Visits 4th Round Winning Project

  • The program seeks to build on the groundbreaking results achieved by previous winners in its efforts to advance rain enhancement research.

Abu Dhabi-UAE – A delegation from the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) today visited Dr. Bradley Baker, winner of the program’s 4th cycle, in Boulder, Colorado in the States United to mark the launch of its innovative new project entitled “Improving the chemical and physical properties of seeding materials through electrical charges”.

Led by Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director General of the National Meteorological Center (NCM) and President of the Regional Association II of the Asian Region of the World Meteorological Organization, the UAEREP delegation and Dr. Baker discussed ‘an ambitious survey that will involve a partnership with two postgraduate prize winners from the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and the University of Reading, UK, to build on the results of earlier studies United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Baker is a Principal Investigator at SPEC Incorporated and an expert in cloud physics with decades of experience in cloud physics and airborne and radar cloud measurements. His project will include sophisticated numerical cumulus simulations built on measurements made using a SPEC Incorporated Learjet research aircraft, in unison with NCM’s King Air cloud seeding aircraft. To complement this work, IMF will simulate the effects of cloud seeding using hygroscopic nanomaterials previously developed at Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr Al Mandous, said: “Our visit gives us the opportunity to assess the progress of Dr Baker’s highly innovative research project, which will allow us to build on the groundbreaking work undertaken by previous program winners. We are confident that this project will further improve our understanding of which materials can most effectively induce precipitation from proper clouds. The NCM, through the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, will continue to lead global research networks and leverage the latest international science and technology innovations in the field of rain enhancement. improved rain.

The University of Reading has developed miniature electric charge generators that can be attached to the King Air seeding plane. Charge generators can coagulate aerosol particles under cloud bases in a size range that can enhance the effects of hygroscopic nanomaterial seeding agents. The IMF will run numerical cloud simulations with data collected when the nanomaterial seeding agent and electric charge generators were used and when they were not. The SPEC Learjet will also take measurements in the clouds with and without the agent and generators present to generate additional data to compare with the IMF simulations.

Commenting on the visit, Alya Al Mazroui, Director of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, said: “Regular meetings with our awardees allow us to provide support and pool our common expertise to ensure that these innovative projects will have the maximum impact in terms of new knowledge and its applications. Our visit to Dr. Baker ensures that his exciting project will have maximum impact as the UAE leads the way in building global networks and pooling knowledge gained from various research projects to ensure scientific advancement. and technology of rain enhancement as an increasingly important area. ”

According to Dr. Baker, “The overall goal of this project is to determine whether the effects of the nanomaterial seeding agent and electrical charge generators will stimulate a secondary ice process (SIP) that could potentially lead to the rain enhancement.Previous observations indicate that SIP occurs naturally in tropical cumulus clouds where cloud base temperatures are typically above 20° Celsius.Previous measurements suggest that the millimeter diameter drops rise in an updraft, then freeze and fracture to produce small ice particles that “seed” the cloud. Our research will investigate whether nanomaterial seeding agents and electrical charge generators can stimulate the coalescence process and the Natural sip which can lead to improved rain.

Launched by the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs and managed by the National Meteorological Center (NCM), the active international engagement of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science has already ensured its leadership position in the global quest to address water security challenges through innovative solutions. scientific and technical research.

By stimulating international efforts to strengthen water security by promoting scientific best practices and collaboration in rain enhancement research, the program helps the United Arab Emirates achieve its ambitious vision of becoming a global economy. top notch knowledge.