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The biannual event took place at January’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), which was organized by the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science and overseen by the National Center of Meteorology, the 3rd International Rain Enhancement Forum (IREF) witnessed four days of highly productive discussion on some of the most exciting global innovations in the field.

Other forum panel sessions covered solutions to global water resource challenges, youth participation in water conservation and management, and the role of women in water sciences.

Delegates also discussed two important UAEREP initiatives due to be implemented from 2019 onwards: a plan named “Integrating Schemes from UAEREP projects into a unified multi-component atmospheric model” and a project entitled ‘Nano-technology Seeding Material Evaluation’

There was also a special session dealing with Artificial Intelligence (AI), including analyses of key issues such as AI-based practices in everyday life, the potential development of machine learning for weather forecasting, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for weather modification, and the application of “Big-data” and algorithms for hydrometeorological research and monitoring.