(MENAFN – Emirates News Agency (WAM))
ABU DHABI, 1st June, 2022 (WAM) — As part of its Rain Enhancement Hub webinar series, the National Meteorological Center (NCM), through the United Arab Emirates Research Program for Enhancement Science Rain, hosted a virtual session titled ‘Programmatic Management of Weather Modification in the Colorado River Basin.’ Webcast on the program’s official social media channels, the session hosted Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud, Director of the Climate and Water Program, Middle East Institute, the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the Middle Eastern study, and specializing in policy and education and professional development services, including climate and water.
The webinar discussed the severe drought conditions experienced by the Colorado River basin in the western United States of America, and the role of winter cloud seeding in improving winter snow cover. and, subsequently, from the spring snowmelt that feeds the major reservoirs of the Colorado River system. . The session also shed light on winter cloud seeding programs in the Colorado River Basin and how all of these basin states are working together to fund these activities as part of a strategy to increase cloud seeding. water.
Commenting on the webinar, Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director of the NCM and President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association II (Asia), said: “The Rain Enhancement Hub webinar series provides an ideal opportunity for leading experts. and specialists to explore the latest developments and research efforts in rain enhancement research and highlight its crucial role in promoting water sustainability around the world. These collective research efforts allow us to innovate in this vital scientific field.
“Through the exchange of ideas and experiences, NCM seeks to identify new ways to strengthen cooperation in scientific research, while developing new tools and technologies to ensure the sustainability of water resources. This supports the program’s ongoing quest to advance its current operations and develop new cloud seeding methods.
“Given the growing opportunities before us and the outstanding research results our scientists have achieved in the field, we are confident that our promising rain enhancement program will make further breakthroughs in the future. This in turn will help us significantly revitalize our freshwater resources,” Al Mandous added.
For his part, Dr. Mahmoud said, “The extreme drought conditions the Colorado River Basin has experienced since 2000 have impacted flow generation and water supply availability for populations and sectors. growing in the region. To help mitigate the effects of drought on the basin, winter cloud seeding has been implemented as a means of improving winter snow cover and subsequently the spring snowmelt that feeds the major reservoirs of the Colorado River system. Therefore, integrated and jointly funded cloud seeding programs have been developed.
Additionally, Alya Al Mazroui, Director of the United Arab Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP), said, “Through the Rain Enhancement Hub webinar series, we have brought together the best global experts, specialists and researchers to discuss the latest trends and review promising applications and programs in rain enhancement research. Such events enhance our ability to incorporate cutting-edge ideas from around the world into our award-winning projects.
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