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The United Arab Emirates awards grants for two research projects aimed at improving rain and water security in the country

Dubai: Two new programs that will improve rain and promote water sustainability in the United Arab Emirates have received grants at the fourth round of the United Arab Emirates Research Program Awards for the Science of Rain Enhancement ( UAEREP) at the United Arab Emirates pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai today.

The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science oversees research grants offered to projects that contribute to the “development of innovative solutions in rain enhancement research”. During its fourth cycle, the program received a total of 81 submissions from 378 scientists and researchers affiliated with 159 institutions in 37 countries on five continents. The program offers a grant of $1.5 million (5.51 million dirhams) spread over three years for each of the rain enhancement research proposals, with a maximum of $550,000 per year.

Dr. Bradley Baker, Principal Investigator at SPEC Inc, a company involved in instrument development and atmospheric research, received the grant for his research proposal titled “Enhancing Rainfall in the UAE Using Hygroscopic Nanomaterials.”

The second winner was Dr. Luca Delle Monache, associate director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) at the University of California, San Diego. He was awarded for his research work titled “A Hybrid Machine Learning Framework for Enhanced Precipitation Nowcasting”.

Improve water security

The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is an initiative of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, under the leadership of the National Meteorological Center (NCM) .

The program addresses water security challenges by advancing the science of rain enhancement through research and development. It also aims to expand global water security by promoting scientific best practices and collaboration in rain enhancement research that will improve rainfall and increase rainfall in the United Arab Emirates and beyond.

Speaking on behalf of Sheikh Mansour, Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Advisor to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Board of NCM, said at the awards ceremony: “The United Arab Emirates continues to support the scientific community in its efforts to promote water sustainability and find science-based solutions. Water scarcity has become a major global challenge that requires collective efforts and rapid action to develop practical solutions to enhance water security. water in the world.

He added, “Since its inception, the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science has played a crucial role in finding new solutions and ideas to address water scarcity and low water resources. rainfall rate”.

Currently, the UAE has more than 60 networked weather stations, a network of weather radars and six aircraft for cloud seeding operations.