Is the weather in Abu Dhabi about to get rainy?

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A series of research flights are being planned for the coming months as experts continue working on the country’s cloud-seeding efforts in a bid to address water scarcity.

Dr Paul Lawson, a US-based scientist and one of the grant winners of the recent UAE Rain Enhancement Programme, will lead the studies based on his concept of using ice production processes in cumulus clouds to produce rain.

To do this, Dr Paul’s team, which has done initial studies in the US, along with experts from the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP), will use a custom-designed Learjet aircraft armed with modern sensors to collect relevant data for analysis.

The aircraft will embark on a number of flights to achieve its target of 30 air hours over the course of one month to maximise data gathering.

Alya Al Mazroui, UAEREP director, said: “Regular meetings and reports enable us to provide support and pool our joint expertise to ensure that our awardees’ ground-breaking projects will have the maximum impact.

“The excellent progress already made by Dr Lawson and his team confirms that the programme is already having a significant impact in terms of supporting and enabling advanced research in the field.”

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