Emirates News Agency – The latest innovative project in the UAE research program for rain improvement science has been launched

ABUDABI, June 16, 2022 (WAM) – The National Meteorological Center (NCM) has announced the launch of its latest innovative project this week during a visit to the United Arab Emirates Rain Improvement Science Research Program (UAEREP). to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Deputy Director of the Western Weather and Aquatic Limbs Center (CW3E) Led by Luka Delle Monache, the project will use artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the distribution of precipitation.

Using terrestrial and space datasets and operational numerical weather forecasting products used in cloud seeding operations, Dr. The Delle Monache team will assist operational rainfall improvement programs around the world using AI algorithms to generate significantly improved weather forecasts.

Dr. NCM Director and President of the World Meteorological Organization (WCO) Regional Association II (Asia) Dr. Abdulla Al Mandouss said: “By strengthening our partnership with leading international research institutions and key stakeholders in increasing precipitation research, the Center is stepping up its response to the growing challenges of water scarcity around the world. These efforts will help us develop innovative solutions and bring new knowledge to our advantage. those in need of freshwater resources in water scarcity and arid regions.

UAEREP director Alya Al Mazroui said that Dr. Delle Monache’s new project will open up a number of potentially fruitful new areas of research that will complement the outstanding work already done by other laureates. Their projects cover a wide range of research areas and technologies, such as nanotechnology to accelerate water condensation and droplet formation, analysis of the electrical properties of clouds, advanced numerical experimental approaches to develop solutions for rainwater improvement and water safety (UAV), based on algorithms. data processing, convergence zone analysis, ice pickling and aerosol sowing.

The focus of the project will be on the creation of an artificial intelligence research and operations test site in the United Arab Emirates. A new artificial intelligence system will be developed to combine satellite observations, ground-based weather radar data, rain gauges and numerical weather forecasts to acquire features and products that can determine the optimal weather times and locations.

The new system generates very accurate quantitative precipitation calculations to evaluate the precipitation increase program.

According to Dr. According to Delle Monache, “an advanced deep learning algorithm will be developed to learn from the thousands of examples derived from historical data, to efficiently extract and extrapolate the input and cloud functions needed to predict the new cloud formations that these functions and inputs will combine with extrapolated satellite and radar data, digital weather forecast data and rain gauges to provide input to an AI-based model that can generate precipitation forecasts for up to six hours in the future.

To expand rainfall enhancement capabilities in the United Arab Emirates, the multidisciplinary team plans to deliver a prototype of AI-based forecasting capabilities to be deployed at NCM Abu Dhabi through a research and operations partnership. This will allow the Center to determine optimal cloud characteristics, sowing times and locations and improve quantitative rainfall calculations to improve rainfall in the UAE by deploying a prototype system based on IR on NCM to provide current rainfall from 0 to 6 hours.

By stimulating international efforts to strengthen water security by promoting best scientific practice and collaborating on research to improve precipitation, the program is helping the UAE achieve its ambitious vision of making the country a global economy. the highest level of knowledge.

Translation: Mervat Mahmoud.


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