Cloud Seeding: UAE Urges World Scientists and Experts to Help Enhance Rainfall

Cloud Seeding: UAE Urges World Scientists and Experts to Help Enhance Rainfall

The UAE has allotted a grant of AED 18 million for its Rain Enhancement Science project, conducted under UAE’s Research Programme

The UAE has an annual grant amounting to AED 18 million for UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) i.e. for projects helping develop new techniques to boost rainfall. The country has now called on world scientists to help boost its cloud-seeding operations. At the 4th International Rain Enhancement Forum (IREF), which commenced in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, speakers highlighted how the country has implemented several initiatives, such as research on rain-making drones, in order to enhance rainfall, a solution to global water security issues. Dr Deon Terblanche, a consultant climate scientist at the World Bank, said, “Water scarcity is one of the most critical global issues. Rainfall enhancement is a key solution for protecting water resources in the future. This award is a call for action for brave new approaches and research in the field.”

He shared his thoughts during a panel discussion during the event and said advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) would be critical in finding solutions for climate change. 

The topics covered during the panel discussions on Sunday included Rain Enhancement and the Global Picture, Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent System Applications in Meteorology and Rain Enhancement, and Innovations in Rainfall Enhancement: Methodologies and New Insights.

The 4th IREF, which will run till 21st January, has brought together national and international experts, researchers, scientists and stakeholders to discuss solutions to pressing water and sustainability challenges around the world. During the event, Director UAEREP, Alya Al Mazroui spoke to the experts, saying the collaboration between the UAEREP and its global partners had provided “multiple opportunities to develop innovative technologies and solutions to address the global water stress” and added, “Collaboration, coordination and capacity building are among the core activities of UAEREP in its sustained efforts to develop rain enhancement science, while preserving the natural water resources and building a more sustainable planet for future generations.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.