National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), has launched ‘nanomaterials testing campaign' in cloud seeding operations through the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science. The new test investigates the efficiency of new cloud seeding materials through flights.
Testing took place from Al Ain Airport over northern and eastern parts of the UAE.
Launched by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the UAE in early 2015 and managed by the NCM, the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science new project aim is to enhance the rain scope in the region and accelerate water security. The campaign is being led by Professor Linda Zou, a Professor at Khalifa University.
According to the results obtained so far, it suggests that the new nano materials are far more capable of initiating condensation of water vapour and droplet growth in clouds, than the salt crystals that are currently used for rain enhancement in the UAE.
Alya Al Mazroui, Director of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement, says, "The success of Professor Zou’s team’s innovative project demonstrates that the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science is already bearing fruit in terms of generating new knowledge with real-world applications. We are continuing to position the UAEREP as a focal point for productive scientific and technological exchange between some of the world’s leading experts in this field.”
Professor Zou says, "Nanotechnology opens up the possibility of engineering unique cloud seeding particles to make the process of water condensation and rain precipitation more efficient. I am very grateful for the support given by the NCM and the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science and the immensely important contribution they have made to accelerating new research in this field and unlocking the exciting potential of nanomaterials for cloud seeding."