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UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science’s International Forum to take place at ADSW 2019

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 20 December 2018 – The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science’s 3rd International Rain Enhancement Forum (IREF) is set to host leading experts and researchers in the field at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) on 14-17 January.

Hosted by the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), which also manages the Program, this annual event brings together international researchers, investors and stakeholders to discuss the latest scientific and technological advances with a view to finding new water security solutions.

HE Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, the Director of NCM, stressed the NCM’s commitment to fulfilling the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership vision of making a real impact in the pursuit of global water security, which is considered a key basis for sustainable development.

“The Third edition of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science’s International Forum will highlight the latest landmarks in our research efforts in the field in recent years.” HE said.  

HE added: “Building on our achievements going forward, we will be focusing on the potential applications for the Awardees projects during the coming years, including a plan to merge their research findings through a project entitled ‘Integrating Schemes from UAEREP projects into a unified multi-component atmospheric model’.”

The event’s sessions will showcase the progress and achievements of the Program’s 9 awarded projects, led by distinguished multinational awardees over the past three years. A special highlight of this exciting event will be the unveiling of the results of the completed work of the Program’s three First Cycle awardees: these cover work in engineering unique nanostructured properties of cloud seeding materials; the development of innovative algorithms using various types of remote sensors to find and track the clouds most suitable for seeding based on laboratory experiments and field data; and enhanced modeling and observational capabilities with a focus on atmospheric ‘convergence zones’ and possible linkages between land surface features and rainfall occurrence.

There will also be a focus on the potential applications of the awardees’ research to a range of planned projects in the years to come, including an imaginative new plan to integrate their findings into an advanced model entitled “Integrating Schemes from UAEREP projects into a unified multi-component atmospheric model”. Aimed at improving cloud seeding methods through leveraging the research findings of awardee projects, the collaborative scientific venture will increase the accuracy of weather forecasts related to clouds amenable to seeding operations in the UAE.

Other forum panel sessions will cover solutions to global water resource challenges, youth participation in water conservation and management, and the role of women in water sciences. There will also be a special discussion on Artificial Intelligence (AI), a fast-growing area that offers immense potential for improved weather forecasting, the management of precipitation events, and measures to anticipate and mitigate extreme weather events such as heat waves or storms.

As one of the highlights of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the 3rd IREF will be honored by the presence of a distinguished audience of UAE government and international representatives. In addition to invited VIP guests and speakers, the Forum is open to ADSW attendees. The event is also expected to generate significant local and international media coverage.

Launched under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and managed by the NCM, the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science’s advanced research and active global engagement is playing a major part in the global quest to address water security challenges. Since it was launched, the Program has built up an eminent reputation as an international hub for cutting-edge scientific advances based on the application of innovative technologies to weather and clouds.

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