The National Meteorological Authority launches a project on “Developing the chemical and physical properties of rain-enhancing materials with electric charging”

The National Center of Meteorology, through the Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, today officially launched its second research project at its fourth session, conducted by Dr. Bradley Baker, entitled “Development of Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Rain Enhancement Materials by Electric Charge”.

This happened during the visit of His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al-Mandoos, director of the National Center of Meteorology and president of the Asian Meteorological Federation, to the state of Colorado in the United States, aiming to explore the future prospects of the innovative research project.

dr. Becker is principal investigator at SPIC, an expert in cloud physics and has decades of experience in cloud physics, airborne instrument measurements and cloud radar information.

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al-Mandoos was briefed on the details of the ambitious research project, which will witness a partnership between SPIC and two institutions that have won the program’s second cycle grant, namely the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the University of Reading; With the aim of building on the results of previous studies at the UAE level.

The project involves the implementation of advanced numerical simulation of cumulus clouds and their measurements using a SPEC “Larjet” survey aircraft in conjunction with the National Center of Meteorology’s “King Air” aircraft, which is used in cloud seeding operations. . Complementing this work, the Finnish Meteorological Institute will simulate the effects of cloud seeding using nanohygroscopic materials previously developed at Khalifa University.

His Excellency Dr. Al-Mandoos said: “Our visit provides an opportunity to evaluate the degree of achievement in Dr. Baker’s innovative research project, which will serve an important purpose of building on the groundbreaking work accomplished by previous program winners. We are confident that this project will give us additional ability to understand the most effective seeding materials.Through such pioneering projects, we at the National Center of Meteorology will continue to work to connect scientific research networks on the around the world through the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science and benefit from the latest international scientific and technological innovations in rain enhancement.”

The University of Reading has developed miniature electric charging generators attached to a King Air cloud seeding aircraft. Charge generators can enhance the ability of aerosol particles to condense below the cloud base within a size range that amplifies the effects of hygroscopic nanomaterials. The Finnish Meteorological Institute will perform numerical simulations of clouds to reveal the effect of using nanomaterials with and without electric charge generators. Speck’s Learjet aircraft will perform cloud measurements with and without hygroscopic nanomaterials and electrical charge generators. The measurements will be compared with simulations carried out by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Alia Al Mazrouei, Director of the Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, said: “Regular meetings with the winners allow us to provide support and pool our shared experiences to ensure that these innovative projects have maximum impact on the field of new knowledge and its applications. The UAE is building global research networks and providing knowledge platforms based on pioneering research projects that contribute to achieving scientific and technological progress for rain as an increasingly important field.”

According to Dr. Baker: “The overall goal of this project is to see if the effects of using hygroscopic nanomaterials and electric charge generators are able to stimulate the secondary process of ice crystal formation that can lead to more precipitation.” It is noteworthy that the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is an initiative launched by the Ministry of the Presidential Office and managed by the National Center of Meteorology. The active international interaction of the program has led the global effort to address flood risk management challenges through innovation and scientific and technical research.

Leading international efforts to improve water safety through the dissemination of best scientific practices and collaboration in rain improvement research, the program is helping the UAE achieve its ambitious vision of becoming a world-leading knowledge-based economy.

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