UAE successfully tests artificial rain
The United Arab Emirates has conducted a series of successful tests of artificial rain technology in desert conditions. Cloud seeding was carried out using drones.
The drones electrocuted the clouds to provoke precipitation in the form of rain. It is noted that the tests were conducted at temperatures around 50 degrees Celsius. The tests of artificial rain technology showed that the use of drones makes cloud seeding more efficient and accurate.
In the spring of 2023, the UAE announced a new AED 5 million grant to scientists and researchers to help increase rainfall in the country. The grant recipients will be announced in January 2024.
In 2022, the UAE conducted 311 cloud seeding missions, with aircraft spending more than 1,000 hours in the air. In comparison, in 2016, they flew just 177 sorties. Experts from the National Centre for Meteorology had earlier stated that seeding can increase rainfall by around 30% in a clean atmosphere or 15% in a dusty atmosphere.
On average, the UAE receives 100 millimetres of rainfall annually. This water fills reservoirs that are used, among other things, for agricultural purposes. Experts say that cloud seeding is 60 times cheaper than desalination.
Source: Business Insider
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