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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.

As the world’s first of its kind event, IREF aims to provide the scientific community with a platform to discuss the latest scientific and technological advancements with a view to finding new water security solutions through rain enhancement. IREF is structured to reinforce the rain enhancement science based on five key strategic pillars that include Collaborations, Innovation, Capacity Building, Artificial Intelligence and Applied Research.

IREF STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

An annual event that aims to advance rain enhancement sciences and building successful international collaborations on finding innovative strategies that can secure and sustain freshwater across the globe, the Forum aims to outline the UAE Water Security Strategy and the UAE Science Strategy, positioning the country as a global hub in rain enhancement and promoting its key role in transferring knowledge. As a regular annual event, the Forum is structured to aid productive discussion between our awardees and the many leading scientists in attendance on the broadest possible range of topics related to rain enhancement science.

Promoting collaborative research on rain enhancement science and technology globally, the Forum will give an overview of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science’s role in capacity-building globally, while highlighting its collaborative work with international universities and research institutes.

The Forum will highlight the advances made in the fields of modeling (Numerical Weather Prediction), artificial intelligence applications to weather, novel materials and methodologies implemented for rain enhancement and stimulation, evaluation methods for rain enhancement efforts, and the transitioning from research to operations. It will also be an opportunity for the panelists to discuss their innovative solutions to water scarcity challenges and the progress in optimizing the utilization of water as a sustainable resource.

Who can Attend?

The annual event (IREF) brings together local and international experts to discuss further cooperation on finding innovative solutions that can secure and sustain freshwater across the globe. This event also attracts the researchers of all ages that are interested in the Weather Modification Industry as we aim to find innovative solutions towards battling water scarcity.

Why attend?

IREF’s sessions will showcase the progress and achievements of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science’s nine awarded projects, led by distinguished multinational awardees over the past three years. A special highlight of this exciting event will be the unveiling of the results of the completed work of the Program’s three Second Cycle awardees: these cover work in leveraging ice production processes in cumulus clouds, conducting comprehensive quantification of the role of atmospheric aerosols in precipitation enhancement, and implementing surface, balloon and UAV measurements and supercomputing to fully represent the effect of turbulence on droplet growth.

There will also be a focus on the potential applications of the awardees’ research to a range of planned projects in the years to come, including progress updates on the plan to integrate their findings into an advanced model entitled “Integrating Schemes from UAEREP projects into a unified multi-component atmospheric model”. Aimed at improving cloud seeding methods through leveraging the research findings of awardee projects, the collaborative scientific venture will increase the accuracy of weather forecasts related to clouds amenable to seeding operations in the UAE.

The forum will also cover updates on the project entitled “Nano-technology Seeding Material Evaluation, specifically on its test phase to prove its efficacy and potential for broader use under a range of climatic conditions, as part of its transition from research in the lab to operations in the field.

Other forum panel sessions will cover the role of rain enhancement in the global picture of water resource challenges and solutions, and capacity building in meteorological research and operations.

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