UAE rain enhancement programme to stage 2nd edition of International Research Forum

ABU DHABI, 17th December, 2017 (WAM) — The UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science is set to host the second International Forum on Rain Enhancement Science during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) in January 2018.

Scheduled to be held over three days from January 16th to 18th, the forum will provide a platform for discussion on the newly awarded research projects from the Programme’s Third Cycle as well as updates on breakthroughs made by the First and Second Cycle research teams. Last year’s event was a notable success in facilitating the exchange of ideas on the latest research and potential innovations in a promising field that that is aiding the quest for global water security.

Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director of the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), said, “We are proud to host the Second International Forum on Rain Enhancement Science as a means of facilitating international cooperation in this important field. This event demonstrates how our Programme is succeeding in attracting significant participation from the leading international experts dedicated to boosting water security for vulnerable populations around the world. Through its commitment and advocacy, the UAE is leading global efforts to tackle this urgent challenge.”


Open to policy makers, scientists and stakeholders attending ADSW, the forum offers an excellent opportunity for participants to learn about the exciting and innovative work currently being carried out in the fast-growing field of rain enhancement science.

Alya Mazroui, Director of the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science, said, “This International forum will allow participants to discuss the new science and technologies urgently needed as we work to tackle the challenge of water stress. Our agenda includes three days of discussions that will give us an excellent opportunity to assess the newly-awarded research projects from UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science’s Third Cycle while also allowing us to showcase updates on the research projects awarded during the First and Second Cycles of the Programme.”

Dr. Deon Terblanche, Director of Research at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), said, “As a specialised agency of the United Nations, the WMO fosters collaborative study and monitoring of the earth’s atmosphere, the interaction of climate with land and oceans, and the consequences these processes have for the world’s water resources. With the science of rain enhancement attracting growing interest globally, this forum performs an invaluable function in bringing together leading experts to discuss some of the most fascinating new studies being carried out with the support of the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science.”

Since it was launched under the auspices of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the rain enhancement programme has established itself as a leading international focal point for cutting-edge scientific advances based on the analysis and the implementation of new technologies to weather and clouds.

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