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Latest rain enhancement technologies to be main focus at Abu Dhabi forum

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on January 17, 2020 | Last updated on January 17, 2020 at 06.13 am
Latest rain enhancement technologies to be main focus at Abu Dhabi forum


Forum will feature several panel sessions and discussions.

The latest rain enhancement technologies and solutions to global water resource challenges will be the main topics of discussion at the forthcoming rain enhancement forum in the Capital.

Set to run from January 19 to 21 at Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, the 4th International Rain Enhancement Forum (IREF) will bring together leading international and national experts, researchers, scientists and stakeholders to tackle pressing water and sustainability issues worldwide.

Hosted by the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP), under the supervision of National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the forum will feature several panel sessions and discussions along with announcing the UAEREP's 2nd cycles' projects' results, and updates on the projects supported by the programme.

Alya Al Mazroui, director of the UAEREP said: "In hosting the IREF for the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi provides a dedicated platform for prominent international experts and scientists to discuss the latest developments in rain enhancement research across the globe. At the UAEREP, we are proud of the UAE's important contributions to this growing research area through providing crucial support for the awardee projects."

She added: "I am confident that the forum's outcomes and recommendations will go a long way in improving the efficiency and accuracy of cloud seeding as a viable and sustainable alternative for conventional water resources. We also look forward to the event as an opportunity to strengthen our international partnerships and share experiences and lessons learnt to address global water security challenges."

The global platform held annually in Abu Dhabi every year aims to highlight the latest scientific and technological advancements with a view to finding new water security solutions through rain enhancement.

Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, executive director of the NCM and president of the Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organisation, said earlier that the forum continues to receive an overwhelming response from international experts and researchers, demonstrating its significance as an important platform to discuss the latest innovations in rain enhancement and water sustainability.

"In its upcoming edition, the IREF will highlight our latest research achievements, as well as the potential applications of the awardee projects within several key sectors," he said.

The three-day forum will feature several sessions titled 'Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent System Applications in Meteorology and Rain Enhancement' with the participation several experts.

Ismail Sebugwaawo

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