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UAE to launch new technology for an improved, more effective cloud seeding

A new cloud seeding technology with increased efficiency may soon be used in the UAE.

“One project has reached its final phase where we will start using it for a research purpose. It is about a novel material that came out as a result of research by Khalifa University. The novel material enhances the effectiveness of the seeding up to three times more than the current material,” said Alya Al Mazroui, director of the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science at the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).

She emphasized the importance of cloud seeding and stated that rain enhancement programs could increase rainfall by up to 25%.

For nearly two decades, the UAE has effectively used cloud seeding to address water constraints.

Since 2015, the nation has experimented with several technologies to improve rain, including using drones to zap clouds.

Every year, the UAE receives an average of 100mm of rain. However, the intensity of rainfall has gradually grown in recent years.

Incessant rainfall in July of this year broke a 27-year record, with 255.2mm of water at a station. BKM/ Expat Media

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