IREF 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 who are drawn from prominent research institutions from across the globe. A special highlight of this exciting event will be the launch of the Program’s much anticipated Fifth Cycle. Furthermore, the details on the submission process and the targeted research areas will be showcase. The forum will also share updates on the transition process of the novel nano-material for cloud seeding developed during UAEREP’s First Cycle by Prof. Linda Zou of Khalifa University. The highlights of this multi-institutional collaborative process, including modeling and airborne testing efforts, will be presented and discussed.
Additionally, there will 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 unified multi-component atmospheric model, and a cloud seeding decision algorithm. 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’ seedability for rain enhancement in the GCC.
Other topics covered in the Forum include water security outlook in light of climate change, road mapping for future transitions from research to operations in rain enhancement, artificial intelligence applications in meteorology, the science of cloud formation and rainfall in the Arabian Gulf, evaluations of rain enhancement impacts, and innovative insights and methodologies into rain enhancement.