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UAEREP conducts evaluation site visits to Russia, USA and China to assess awardee projects

The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science’s Strategic Direction Committee (SDC) will conduct the midterm project evaluation site visits in Russia, USA and China during the September-November period to assess the latest progress in four current awardee projects led by Dr. Ali Abshaev, Head of the Weather Modification Laboratory at the High Mountain Geophysical Institute of Russian Hydrometeorological Service, Dr. Paul Lawson of SPEC Incorporated, Prof. Eric Frew, Associate Professor at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Dr. Lulin Xue Chief Scientist at Hua Xin Chuang Zhi Science and Technology LLC and a member of the Beijing Weather Modification Office advisory panel and their respected research teams.

The evaluation site visits started with a visit to the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FIAN) in Moscow, Russia from September 9-11; SPEC Incorporated, the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), and Droplet Measurement Technologies, Colorado, USA from October 10-18; and the Cloud Laboratory and Observation Utility Deployment Base with the Beijing Weather Modification Office (BWMO) in Beijing, China, from November 4-6, 2019.

The site visits are intended to provide an in-depth evaluation, midway through the projects’ total time span of 3 years, by an SDC Review Team and members of the Program Secretariat to assess the projects’ progress, feasibility of future research plans, and potential risks for the remaining award period.

The Program’s Strategic Directions Committee is responsible for the research, technical, and financial monitoring of awardees’ projects through progress reports and site visits to oversee their successful completion within a 3-year time scale. The Committee also provides strategic guidance to ensure that the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science maximizes its global impact in the field through the advancement of knowledge and the building of international research networks.