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UAEREP awardees make strong contribution to the European Geosciences Union’s 2018 General Assembly

This year’s meeting of the European Geoscience Union (EGU), an internationally recognized gathering of leading experts in the field, featured a strong contribution from awardees of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science.

Taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 8–13 April, the 2018 EGU General Assembly included presentations from three Program awardees discussing the latest advances made in their innovative research projects overseen by the Program in collaboration with experts from the National Center of Meteorology (NCM).

Dr Juha Tonttila, a member of the research team led by Second Cycle awardee, Professor Hannele Korhonen, led a poster presentation on the “Optimization of Aerosol Seeding In rain enhancement Strategies (OASIS)”, a multidisciplinary project led by Finnish Meteorological Institute with the aim of quantifying the role of atmospheric aerosols in rain enhancement.

In addition, Professor Volker Wulfmeyer, Chair of Physics and Meteorology from the University of Hohenheim and an awardee of the Program’s First Cycle, gave a presentation to an EGCU audience detailing his project investigating the impact of ‘convergence zones’ induced by complex atmospheric flows on the formation and location of clouds, and the possible linkage between variations in land surface features and rainfall characteristics.

Finally, Professor Giles Harrison of the University of Reading in UK, another Program Second Cycle awardee, presented his research on the “Electrical aspects of rain generation”, a project that is assessing the electrical properties of clouds with a view to modeling the growth of charged drops to raindrops and measure and modify the charges present in clouds.

As Europe’s premier geosciences union, the EGU is a leading forum for Earth, planetary, and space sciences convening over 11,800 scientists from around the world each year. Covering topics ranging from volcanology, planetary exploration and Earth structure and atmosphere, to climatic phenomena, energy and resources, the 2018 event featured nearly 17,000 presentations along with hundreds of specialized scientific sessions, side events and short courses.