Flights over Al Ain mountain range to test the potential of clouds for seeding initiative
A team of Japanese researchers have launched flights by to assist the UAE in its cloud seeding research which aims to increase rainfall in the region.
Japanese scientists are conducting flights over Al Ain eastern mountain range to test the potential of clouds for being impregnated to increase rainfall.
Professor Masataka Murakami is leading the flight mission in a research aircraft brought 12,000 km over from Nagoya, Japan and equipped with equipment to measure a cloud’s micro-properties.
Murakami’s team will follow the NCM’s Beechcraft King Air C90 aircrafts as they disperse seeding particles into the clouds, The Japanese aircraft then measures the effectiveness of the particles.
The team of 20 scientists will then study the seeding effects through laboratory tests, aerial and ground-based measurements along with NCM researchers.
The aircraft carries out daily flights to assess the properties of local clouds, the effect of seeding materials injected into the clouds and the changes in rain precipitation levels that may result.
Professor Murakami said their research is building on years of rain-making experience and studies carried out in Japan to ensure water security for future generations:
“I am confident that the advancement of weather science and technologies that we are working on in collaboration with NCM and other international partners will improve cloud seeding efficiency and contribute to secure water resources,” he said.
Murakami is a renowned weather expert with more than three decades of rain-making experience, at the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research at Nagoya University.