Abu Dhabi: The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has announced that the centre will host the 6th edition of the International Rain Enhancement Forum (IREF) from January 24, 2023, under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court.
The forum will discuss the latest scientific and technological advances in rain enhancement research in the presence of global and national experts, researchers, scientists, and stakeholders.
According to Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director of NCM and President of the Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), through IREF, NCM demonstrates its continued commitment to supporting the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) in its efforts to boost water security for the benefit of communities at high risk of draught and water stress around the world.
IREF further offers a platform for discussion of the latest developments and efforts in finding innovative solutions to water security issues through advancing scientific understanding of rain enhancement.
In addition, the 6th edition of IREF will examine the water security challenges in the global climate agenda, as well as the opportunities and challenges of implementing rainfall enhancement models and technologies.
Ms. Alya Mazroui, director of the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science, shared that “the latest edition of our forum will allow participants to discuss new science and technologies as we work to drive novel research in the field. Therefore, I urge all interested scientists and technologists with the required expertise to join our quest to tackle global water security by maximising the potential of this growing research area.”
The UAE research program for Rain Enhancement Science is a research initiative launched by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the UAE and managed by the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM). Through its activities, the program has forged strong ties with more than 1,800 researchers from over 800 institutions in 70 countries across four continents.