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National Center of Meteorology Receives U.S. Embassy Economic Associate

The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) received Susan Holmes, the Embassy's Economic Associate from the U.S. Embassy in the UAE.

During the visit, NCM briefed Susan Holmes about the center’s practical and research efforts in rain enhancement, its achievements, and the latest technology used in cloud seeding operations. NCM also provided her with an overview about its ‘weather enhancement factory’, the first facility in the region to produce hygroscopic salt flares for use in cloud-seeding operations.

The Embassy representative also learned about the objectives of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP), and its plans to host innovative projects as part of the next program cycle. NCM team also highlighted the importance of the program for the UAE as well as the countries facing major water security issues through developing efficient rain enhancement solutions to reduce pressure on water resources in arid regions.

Both sides also discussed the efforts and activities being carried out by UAEREP to promote rain enhancement research, and ways to deepen collaboration between the program and prominent academic institutions in the United States.

Susan Holmes also learned about the research projects from the U.S. supported by UAEREP including the project of the second cycle awardee and SPEC Incorporated founder Dr Paul Lawson entitled ‘Microphysics of Convective Clouds and the Effects of Hygroscopic Seeding’, as well as the project of the 3rd cycle awardee Prof. Eric Frew, who is developing an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that employs custom-made sensors to gather in-situ, real time data to sense and target suitable clouds for seeding.

At the end of the meeting, Susan Holmes toured NCM headquarters, and was briefed on weather forecasting and cloud seeding techniques used at its operations center. This facility comprises an advanced radar network, state-of-the-art numerical programs and weather satellite networks used in weather forecasting. The network can cover large areas of the country and monitor various weather conditions around the clock.