• Date
    25-26 Jan 2021
  • Location
    Virtual Forum
  • Tickets
    120 Tickets
  • Speakers
    30 Speakers
Jan 2021
5th International
Rain Enhancement Forum
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Hosted by the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) under the supervision of National Center of Meteorology (NCM), the International Rain Enhancement Forum (IREF) is a global platform that brings together leading international and national experts, researchers, scientists and stakeholders to tackle pressing water and sustainability issues worldwide.


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Meet Our Speakers

Some of the field’s best and brightest will be condensing their years of experience into presentations and discussions on Rain Enhancement, Meteorology, Weather Forecasting and more.

Director of Research, Development and Training, NCM
    UAEREP 1st Cycle Awardee, Nagoya University, Japan
      Special Advisor to the President – Zayed University
        UAEREP 2nd Cycle Awardee, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
          UAEREP 1st Cycle Awardee, Khalifa University, UAE
            Associate Professor, Khalifa University
              Lecturer and Meteorologist, Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK
                UAEREP 3rd Cycle Awardee, University of Colorado, USA



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                  • 19 Jan
                    Day 1
                  • 20 Jan
                    Day 2
                  • 21 Jan
                    Day 3
                  • Conference 1
                  09:30 – 10:00
                  Guest Arrivals and Networking

                  10:00 – 10:10 Mr. Omar Al Yazeedi
                  Welcome Speech

                  10:10 – 10:20 Mrs. Alya Al Mazroui
                  Introduction and Forum Overview

                  10:20 – 11:00 Session One
                  Rain Enhancement and the Global Picture
                  This session will comprise of a panel discussion that brings together multiple international experts on the topics of rain enhancement and weather modification. Discussion topics will include the most recent developments in rain enhancement.
                  11:00 – 11:25 Dr. Deon Terblanche
                  Overview of UAEREP Awarded Projects

                  11:25 – 11:40
                  Coffee Break

                  11:40 – 13:15 Session Two
                  Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent System Applications in Meteorology and Rain Enhancement

                  11:40 – 11:45Prof. Ernesto Daimiani
                  11:45 – 12:00Prof. Eric Frew
                  12:00 – 12:15Dr. Gary Thunen
                  12:15 – 12:30Dr. Campbell Watson
                  12:30 – 12:45Dr. Svante Henriksson
                  12:45 - 13:15
                  Panel Discussion
                  Dr. Deon Terblanche

                    This session will have presentations on the incorporation of artificial intelligence and systems for meteorological applications. The topics include the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for rain enhancement, statistical techniques for determining optimized cloud seeding conditions, next generation weather sensor technologies, and applications in hydrometeorological research, forecasting and monitoring.

                  13:15 – 14:30

                  14:30 – 15:50 Session Three
                  Innovations in Rainfall Enhancement: Methodologies and New Insights

                  14:30 - 14:35Dr. Steve Griffiths
                  14:35 – 14:50Prof. Linda Zou
                  14:50 – 15:05Dr. Ali Abshaev
                  15:05 – 15:20Prof. Maarten Ambaum
                  15:20 – 15:50
                  Panel Discussion
                  Dr. Deon Terblanche

                      This session will have presentations on innovative research and advancements in materials and methods applicable to rain enhancement. The topics include the application of nanotechnology for developing novel cloud seeding materials, the study of the effects of electrical charges on cloud droplet formation, and the stimulation of convection to formulate artificial clouds and precipitation.

                  15:50 – 16:00
                  Coffee Break / End of the First Day

                  • Conference 1
                  09:30 – 10:00
                  Guest Arrivals and Networking

                  10:00 – 12:00 Session Four
                  Advances in Numerical Modeling and Weather Forecasting: Application to Rain Enhancement

                  10:00 – 10:15Dr. Lulin Xue
                  10:15 – 10:30Dr. Edward Graham
                  10:30 – 10:45Prof. Masataka Murakami
                  10:45 – 11:00Coffee Break
                  11:00 – 11:15Dr. Mukul Tewari
                  11:15 – 11:30Prof. Marouane Temimi
                  11:30 – 12:00
                  Panel Discussion
                  Dr. Deon Terblanche


                  This session will have presentations on the most recent and novel methods applied for modeling and forecasting of weather, and how these advances can be incorporated for the improvement of rain enhancement. The topics include integration of multiple efforts to create a unified model, use of regional climate and ensemble seeding simulations for quantification of seeding impacts, and the industry outlook on current and future developments in forecasting.
                  12:00 – 13:00

                  13:00 – 14:30 Session Five
                  Evaluation of Impacts of Rain Enhancement Efforts

                  13:00 – 13:15Prof. Taha Ouarda
                  13:15 – 13:30Prof. Hannele Korhonen
                  13:30 – 13:45Prof. Steven Siems
                  13:45 – 14:00Dr. Roelof Bruintjes
                  14:00 – 14:30
                  Panel Discussion
                  Dr. Deon Terblanche


                  14:30 – 14:45
                  Coffee Break

                  14:45 – 15:45 Session Six
                  Transitioning from Research to Operations in Rain Enhancement: A Case Study

                  14:45 – 15:00Dr. Deon Terblanche
                  15:00 – 15:15Dr. Roelof Bruintjes

                  15:15 – 15:45 Panel Discussion (Dr. Roelof Bruintjes, Mr. Sufian Farrah, Dr. Deon Terblanche, Youssef Wehbe)
                        This session will have presentations on the efforts made as part of field testing campaigns conducted as a collaboration effort between Khalifa University, SPEC Inc. and the National Center of Meteorology. The transitioning from laboratory to field scales will be discussed, in terms of the process followed, the challenges faced and the techniques in which they were overcome.

                  15:45 - 16:00
                  Coffee Break

                  16:00 – 17:00
                  Poster Session for Field Campaigns

                  • Conference 1
                  09:30 – 10:00
                  Guest Arrivals and Networking

                  10:00 – 13:00 Session Seven: Town Hall Meeting
                  Determining Future Directions for Rain Enhancement Research

                    This open-format session brings together a room of experts in the fields of atmospheric science, hydrology, meteorology and weather modification, to discuss and determine the pathways to move forward in advancing the science of rain enhancement. Prior experiences will be shared based on outcomes of UAEREP projects, and the World Meteorological Organization Peer Review Report on Global Precipitation Enhancement Activities. The main challenges and knowledge gaps will be highlighted, in order to define the current and future research needs to address them.
                  11:30 - 11:45
                  Coffee Break

                  13:00 – 14:30
                  Lunch / Press Conference

                  14:30 – 15:15 Session Eight
                  Capacity Building in Meteorological Research and Operations
                  This panel discussion will be on the experiences and challenges related to the goal of building capacity in meteorological science fields. Discussion topics will include higher education institutions and initiatives, both locally and abroad, to enable the next generation of students to build upon and further develop meteorological sciences, in addition to the critical role women have to play in these developments, and what can be done to further support them
                  15:15 – 16:00
                  Coffee Break / Networking

                  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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                  Abu Dhabi - UAE