UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science hosts meeting with UK researchers

Abu Dhabi, 15 August 2017, WAM - The UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science hosted a series of meetings with leading researchers from the United Kingdom, UK, working on climatology and meteorology as part of its summer 2017 European roadshow.

Reflecting its growing international status as a rain enhancement leader, the programme held meetings with noted experts and leading scientific institutions in London and nearby cities from 10th to 15th August. Following a meeting with one of the awardees of the programme’s second cycle, Professor Giles Harrison of the University of Reading, the team visited the European Centre for Medium Weather Forecasts, the European Space Agency and Imperial College.

Dr. Abdullah Al Mandous, Director of the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, NCMS, said, "The UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science is inspired by the conviction that our common water security and management challenges can only be addressed through knowledge-sharing and co-operation with international partners. I am very pleased to discuss our exciting and innovative projects and their future potential with leading UK stakeholders. The UAE is committed to working with such partners for our common benefit. I am sure that our visit will open up new avenues for productive collaboration and confirm the excellent progress that we have already made in advancing rain enhancement science and technology."

"Understanding the role of electric charge in the generation of rain could boost precipitation levels without the use of artificial chemicals. The UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science has already played a major role in allowing international science networks to flourish and identify new frontiers in cloud seeding science and technology. The programme team’s visit to the University of Reading will introduce them to the efforts made in the UK in areas related to atmospheric science, and I thank them for their invaluable efforts in providing scientists with the support they need to translate their ideas into reality," Professor Harrison stated.

Professor Harrison’s project, "Electrical Aspects of Rain Generation," is based on the natural occurrence of electrical charges and their potential to modify water droplets even when clouds are not charged to the extent that leads to thunderstorms. An innovative aspect is the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs, to artificially modify the electrical properties of the clouds. A promising attribute of the electrical seeding approach is that it leaves no local environmental residues, as the UAVs are electrically powered, hence pollution-free.

"An analysis of the potential of electrical charges to enhance rainfall could offer scope for boosting precipitation levels without deploying artificial seeding substances. The UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science has already played a major role in catalysing the growth of the international networks needed to identify new frontiers in cloud seeding science and technology. I am very grateful for the programme team’s visit, and their invaluable efforts in facilitating the growth of productive international scientific networks and in providing talented scientists with the support and space they need to make the most of their ideas," Harrison added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

 

d : 15 August 2017