UAE Collaborates with Hebrew University to Revolutionize Cloud Seeding Technology

This initiative, spearheaded by the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP), marks a significant leap forward in the quest to amplify rainfall from clouds

In a groundbreaking endeavour aimed at transforming the landscape of rain enhancement through cloud seeding, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has embarked on a pioneering project to analyze the credibility of clouds in real-time.

This initiative, spearheaded by the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP), marks a significant leap forward in the quest to amplify rainfall from clouds.

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The latest stride in this ambitious journey was unveiled during a project kick-off meeting in Abu Dhabi. UAEREP delegates convened with Professor Daniel Rosenfeld and his esteemed team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, recipients of the 5th UAEREP grant cycle. Professor Rosenfeld’s team is at the forefront of research in cloud seeding technology.

The rendezvous, hosted at the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), served as a platform to delineate the project’s research methodology, objectives, and timeline.

Integral to the discussions were deliberations on the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM)-UAEREP evaluation and oversight mechanism, underscoring the collaborative efforts driving this innovative venture.

Titled ‘Identification of Clouds’ Microphysical Seedability in an Actionable Manner’, the project helmed by Professor Rosenfeld aims to pioneer the development of a capability to diagnose cloud seedability in near real-time.

This revolutionary advancement is set to operate at a spatial resolution of the convective cloud cluster, leveraging operationally available satellite and meteorological data.

Crucially, this pioneering research builds upon previous UAEREP endeavours, reflecting the continuity of efforts aimed at advancing cloud seeding methodologies.

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The project promises to enhance the efficacy and precision of rain enhancement initiatives by enabling concurrent assessment and guidance during cloud seeding flights.

The collaborative synergy between UAEREP, Professor Rosenfeld’s team, and key research institutions such as MBZUAI underscores the interdisciplinary approach driving this endeavour.

By harnessing cutting-edge technologies and leveraging scientific expertise, the UAE is poised to redefine the paradigm of rain augmentation strategies.

Commenting on the significance of the project, Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director of the National Centre of Meteorology and President of the UAEREP, emphasized the transformative potential of this collaborative venture.

“Our partnership with Professor Rosenfeld and his team represents a pivotal moment in our quest to unlock the mysteries of cloud seeding.

By harnessing the power of real-time analysis, we are poised to revolutionize the way we approach rain enhancement,” remarked Dr. Al Mandous.

As the project embarks on its trajectory of innovation and discovery, the UAE reaffirms its commitment to pioneering solutions that address pressing global challenges.

Cloud seeding is poised to undergo a paradigm shift, setting the stage for a future where rainfall augmentation becomes more precise, effective, and sustainable than ever before.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed

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