The conference featured several panel discussions on research results and achievements of the UAE research program for rain enhancement science, and the impact of cloud seeding operations on the sustainability of water resources. He also presented an NCM study on the statistical and physical evaluation of rain enhancement operations.
The conference also discussed efforts to increase international collaboration in cloud seeding. Korean delegates presented their latest research results on rain enhancement from 2021 and a pilot project to build an experimental chamber to simulate cloud physics and dynamics.
The panel discussions attracted the participation of Alya Al Mazroui, Director of the United Arab Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP); Dr. Youssef Wehbe, program officer at UAEREP; and Sufian Farrah, meteorologist and cloud seeding expert at NCM. The Korean delegation included prominent NIMS researchers, including Dr. Ki-Ho Chang, Dr. Joowan Cha, and Dr. Woonseon Jung.
Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director of NCM and President of Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said: “This event demonstrates NCM’s sustained efforts to leverage research results from our winners to address pressing water security challenges and develop rain enhancement operations with our partners in the Republic of Korea. Such events allow us to benefit from the latest tools and solutions developed by international institutions and researchers to improve the sustainability of our precious water resources.
Al Mandous added, “Reiterating the importance of knowledge and expertise exchange between like-minded organizations, the conference serves as a window on the latest solutions and opportunities to advance cloud seeding research. to solve global water scarcity problems”.
Alya Al Mazroui said, “In addition to showcasing the latest program developments and new research projects supported by her postgraduate grant, this conference gave us the opportunity to explore the latest research findings on improved rain in the Republic of South Korea. Together with NIMS researchers and scientists, we aim to harness cutting-edge technologies and innovations to improve global water security.
Chulkyu Lee, Director of Convergence Meteorological Research Department, NIMS, said, “This conference is part of our goal to promote collaboration between the Republic of Korea and the United Arab Emirates. These efforts translate into better results for our countries’ research efforts in the field of rain enhancement science under the cooperation agreement between the Republic of Korea and the United Arab Emirates. We also aim to highlight the latest developments in rain enhancement research and coordinate our practical activities to ensure sustainable and renewable water resources for our communities.
NCM had previously signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NIMS in the Republic of Korea to enhance cooperation, partnership and exchange of expertise in rain enhancement research. The agreement reaffirms the strong will of both institutions to pave the way for scientific research and the implementation of joint projects to foster research and scientific advancement.