UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science Awardees Highlight Cutting-edge Research Projects at Global Weather Modification Events

UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science Awardees Highlight Cutting-edge Research Projects at Global Weather Modification Events

Abu Dhabi-UAE: The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) overseen by the National Center of Meteorology (NCM) announced today that the Program’s awardees highlighted their cutting-edge research projects through participating in a series of events including the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 22nd Annual Conference on Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2020.  

The program awardees joined several prominent local and international scientists, researchers, experts and stakeholders in rain enhancement and weather modification to share the knowledge and insight gained through the field experiments carried out as part of their research projects supported by the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science. Aside from theAMS 22nd Annual Conference, these events convened in online formats.

His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director of NCM and President of the Regional Association II (Asia) of WMO, said: “The continued participation of our program awardees in these global events articulates NCM’s priority to promote knowledge transfers within the scientific community to realizeour common objective of achieving global water security. Through their innovative research projects, our awardees have accumulated tremendous knowledge and expertise in their specific areas that may be utilized to address the evolving water resource management challenges facing the world today. Through its active engagement with the international scientific community, NCM has accelerated the scientific momentum needed to build a more sustainable future for global communities, while enhancing the UAE’s status as a global hub for researchers in rain enhancement.”

For her part, Alya Al Mazroui, Director of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) said: “The participation of our awardees in these events allowed them to update the research community on the latest advances in their ground-breaking work and their meaningful contribution to rain enhancement and weather modification research. Through leading international scientific and technological innovation in rain enhancement, the program is making significant progress in advancing our research capacities, while promoting global collaborations to develop innovative solutions for sustainable water management and improving rainfall in arid and semi-arid regions.”

The virtual sessions generated productive discussion between the program awardees,their research team members and the many leading scientists in attendance on a range of rain enhancement science topics covering atmospheric aerosols, advanced algorithms, and cloud electrical properties, among others. 

At the AMS22nd Annual Conference on Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification and the EGU General Assembly 2020,Dr. Torsten Auerswald and Prof. Maartin Ambaum discussed the progress of their project led byProf. Giles Harrison, Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and a second cycle program awardee,on ‘Simulating collisions of charged cloud drops in an ABC flow’. 

Prof. Mika Komppula, a member of the team led by Prof. Hannele Korhonen, the Director of the Climate Research Program at Finnish Meteorological Institute and a second cycle awardee, discussed her work on ‘Characterization of dust aerosols over United Arab Emirates’ during her participation at the EGU General Assembly 2020. 

Dr. Maria Filioglou, another member of Prof. Korhonen’s team, gave a presentation at the University of Eastern Finland Aerosol Research Seminar series on 'The multi-wavelength PollyXT Raman lidar with water vapor capabilities, overview of the United Arab Emirates campaign’.

For their part, Dr. Duncan Axisa and Dr. Narihiro Orikasa, team members of 3rdCycle Awardee Prof. Eric Frew,participated in the AMS Annual Meeting, Symposium on Weather Modification and discussed their work on ‘A Seed/NoSeed Decision Algorithm for an Instrumented, Unmanned Aircraft System Designed for Cloud Seeding Operations’.

Prof. Eric Frew, Katherine Glasheen, Alex Hirst, Dr. John Bird, and Prof. Brian Argrow participated in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace Conference and highlighted their study on ‘A Dispersed Autonomy Architecture for Information-Gathering Drone Swarms.’

Dr. Roelof Burger, another team member of Prof. Eric Frew outlined the findings of his study on ‘Potential flaws in the evaluation design of weather modification studies using radar’ during his participation atthe AMS 22ndConference on Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modificationheld in Boston, USA, January 2020.