• Date
    25-26 Jan 2021
  • Location
    Virtual Forum
  • Tickets
    120 Tickets
  • Speakers
    30 Speakers
Jan 2021
5th International
Rain Enhancement Forum
Virtual Forum

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the National Center of Meteorology, through the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is set to organize the International Rain Enhancement Forum, which is a global platform that brings together leading international and national experts, researchers, scientists and stakeholders to tackle pressing water and sustainability issues worldwide.


Meet Our Speakers

IREF will be gathering the best and brightest local and international experts where they will be utilizing their years of experience into presentations and discussions around the latest updates on Rain Enhancement, Meteorology and Weather Forecasting.

Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and Environment
    Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
      Director of National Center of Meteorology
        Meteorological Expert, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
          Executive Director, International Clivar Monsoon Project Office, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Ministry of Earth Sciences
            Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Khalifa University
               Head of the Department of Meteorology at the Faculty of Meteorology
                Vice President of Strategic Projects and Space Program at G42



                  • Jan 25
                    Day 1
                  • Jan 26
                    Day 2
                  • Day 1
                  15:00 – 15:10
                  5th IREF Opening

                  15:10 – 15:15
                  Welcoming Speech
                  Opening Speech on behalf of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al NahyanH.E. Dr Abdulla Al Mandous

                  15:15 – 15:30
                  UAEREP 4th Cycle Launch
                  UAEREP RemarksMs. Alya Al Mazroui

                  15:30 – 16:10
                  Panel Discussion: Outlook for Global Water Security in light of Climate Change

                  Session One
                  Transitioning from Research to Operations in Rain Enhancement: Case Studies and Roadmap

                  16:10 – 17:00
                  Panel Discussion: Systematic Approach to Evaluate New Cloud Seeding Nanomaterial
                  Delivery Mechanism of Novel Nano – coated Seeding Salts into Clouds: Process and ChallengesMr. Sufian Farrah
                  Comparison of the Efficiency of Different Seeding Materials by using 1D Parcel ModelProf. Istvan Geresdi
                  Panel discussionDr. Roelof Bruintjes
                  ModeratorDr. Deon Terblanche

                  17:00 – 17:30
                  Panel discussion: The Future of Rain Enhancement: Roadmap Development and Challenges

                  17:30 - 19:00 Session Two
                  Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent System Applications in Meteorology and Rain Enhancement
                  High Performance Computing and AI analytics capabilities at G42 in support of UAE Rain Enhancement ProgramMr. Talal Al Kaissi
                  Predicting the Susceptibility of Mixed-Phase Clouds to Hygroscopic SeedingDr. Juha Tonttila
                  Progress toward Autonomous Targeted Observation and Seeding using Unmanned AircraftProf. Eric W. Frew
                  Intelligent Systems in Rain Enhancement TechnologyDr. Duncan Axisa
                  Panel DiscussionYoussef Wehbe

                  • Day 2
                  15:00 – 16:10 Session Three
                  The Science of Cloud Formation and Rainfall in the Arabian Gulf
                  On Exploring Possibilities of Artificial Clouds Formation - Preliminary Theoretical Results and a Unique Equipment for Initiation of Artificial ConvectionProf. Ali Abshaev
                  Aerosol, Cloud, Precipitation, and Rain Enhancement in the Gulf – An Overview of the UAE-NATURE ResearchDr. Lulin Xue
                  In Situ Measurements of Cloud and Aerosol Microphysical Properties in Summertime Convective Clouds over Eastern United Arab EmiratesProf. Masataka Murakami
                  Panel discussionDr. Deon Terblanche

                  16:10 – 17:35 Session Four
                  Innovations in Rainfall Enhancement: Methodologies and New Insights
                  Electrical Aspects of Rainfall Generation: Latest ResultsProf. Maarten Ambaum
                  Porous Nanoparticles: Their Potential for Cold Cloud SeedingDr. Linda Zou
                  Toward a Unified Multi-Component Atmospheric Model for Rain Enhancement Applications in the UAEDr. Diana Francis
                  Convection over the United Arab Emirates and Implications for Cloud Seeding Operations: Observations and ModellingDr. Ricardo Fonseca
                  Panel discussionDr. Steven Griffiths

                  17:35 – 18:50 Session Five
                  Evaluation of Impacts of Rain Enhancement EffortsEvaluation of Impacts of Rain Enhancement Efforts
                  Opening SpeechPetteri Taalas
                  Role of Aerosols in Efficient Cloud Seeding – Key Findings from the OASIS ProjectProf. Hannele Korhonen
                  Airborne Investigations of the Microphysics of UAE Cumulus Congestus Clouds and Potential for Rain EnhancementDr. Paul Lawson
                  Advances in Evaluating Cloud Seeding Impacts by coupling Observations and ModelsDr. Sarah Tessendorf
                  Panel DiscussionDr. Robert Robinson

                  Media Center


                  • H.E. Dr Abdulla Al Mandous

                    IREF has played a key role in positioning the UAE as global hub for driving research efforts in rain enhancement science to find practical solutions to global water stress. The huge attendance to this event, demonstrates its significance as an important platform to discuss the latest innovations in rain enhancement and water sustainability

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                  Jumeirah At Etihad Towers
                  Etihad Towers,West Corniche
                  Abu Dhabi - UAE