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.