NCM's early research Operations to achieve cloud seeding in the UAE
The UAE annually experiences less than 100mm of rainfall and without intervention, it would face rapid water scarcity, due to its arid weather and its deserted surface. The UAE has taken crucial steps to battle this crisis and is one of the first countries to use cloud seeding technology, in which it creates precipitation from clouds. The UAE started its cloud seeding research in 2002 through the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) to address water security issues. NCM’s cloud seeding operations focus on how the UAE is reaching all the means to providing sustainable water resources through encouraging research and innovations related to water technologies.
His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director of NCM in this video emphasizes on the significant contribution of cumulus clouds to create an atmosphere filled with prosperity and life.
This is the biggest scientific mission in the history of the region to monitor and study clouds formation. “Since its inception under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science has grown into a leading international focal point for developing cutting-edge solutions and new technologies in cloud seeding research.
In the summer of 2014 more than 60 researchers and natural photographers, under extreme weather conditions with temperatures ranging from more than 50 degree Celsius participate in a journey to document the formation of cumulus clouds for a thorough understanding of this important natural phenomenon. This has never been attempted before, especially in these harsh conditions. For the first time in the history of United Arab Emirates and perhaps the world this majestic event was captured on film.
It was a proud moment for the team of Doleep Studios to have been part of such a magnificent milestone achievement in the history of UAE.