Mansour bin Zayed: We support efforts to ensure water security

Expo 2020 Dubai: The Gulf

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science organized a ceremony at the UAE pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to honor the recipients of the grant of the fourth cycle of the program, in the presence of Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber. Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and Faris Muhammad Al Mazrouei, Advisor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Center of Meteorology.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a speech delivered on behalf of His Highness, Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouei, stressed that thanks to the vision of the wise leadership and its continuous support, the UAE continues to support the unremitting efforts of the scientific community to promote water sustainability and to pursue scientific solutions to the problem of water scarcity. which has become an urgent issue for many countries of the world; This confirms the necessity of concerted efforts and accelerating the pace of joint action to find practical solutions to enhance water security at the international level.

His Highness explained that “in line with its approach to benefiting from the outputs of scientific research to meet various development challenges, the country’s initiative to launch the “Emirates Program for Research on Rain Enhancement Science” represented a pioneering step to support scientific efforts aimed at providing innovative solutions for the development of water resources, by providing grants to the most research projects Excellence in the field of raindrops.”

His Highness said that the program “has proven, since its launch, its pivotal role in providing new solutions and ideas to confront the shortage of water resources and low rainfall rates. We are confident that through cooperation and joint efforts, we will be able to implement the distinguished ideas that the program has attracted on the ground; To contribute to supporting the water security system locally, regionally and globally.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan congratulated the scholars and experts who received the program grant for this course, wishing them success.

In turn, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber honored the four grantees of the program, namely: Dr. Bradley Baker, Principal Investigator at the American company “Spec”, and Dr. Luca Delle Monaki, Deputy Director of the Western Center for Weather and Extreme Water Conditions, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. At the University of California – San Diego, USA.

On this occasion, he said: “I am honored to honor, on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the scientists who have received a grant from the Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Sciences.”

He added: “Thanks to the vision and support of the wise leadership, the UAE has established its leading position and influential role in providing solutions to strategic issues such as water security. The rain seeding program is one of the state’s important initiatives in this field, as it has demonstrated, through its support for innovative research and experts in the field of rain enhancement, the possibility of employing scientific outputs to enhance water resources and ensure their sustainability to serve communities suffering from water scarcity globally.”

For his part, Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouei affirmed the UAE’s wise leadership’s full support and appreciation for the tireless efforts of the scientific community to enhance water sustainability worldwide, and to secure scientific solutions to the problem of water scarcity, which has become one of the pressing national issues.

He said, “Harnessing all resources and using creative ideas to secure a sustainable supply of clean water has become an urgent necessity. The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is one of the important initiatives that confirm the UAE’s leading role in enhancing global water security by adopting and supporting innovative solutions needed to help countries at risk of water stress around the world.”

Dr. Abdullah Al-Mandoos, Director-General of the National Center of Meteorology and President of the Asian Meteorological Union, said: “In line with the vision of our wise leadership in supporting knowledge-based initiatives, the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science was launched to enhance global water security, and the projects awarded by the program are in its cycle. The fourth, along with previous projects, combined a solid scientific ground that heralds promising prospects for finding solutions to the problem of water scarcity in arid and semi-arid regions.

Dr. Bradley Becker received the program grant for his research project entitled (Improving rainfall in the UAE through inoculation with nano-hygroscopic materials). The project aims to find out whether the effects of using nano-hygroscopic materials and electric charge generators are able to stimulate the secondary process to be Ice crystals that may enhance precipitation.

Dr. Luca Delle Monacci won the grant for his research project titled (Hybrid Machine Learning to Improve Real-Time Precipitation), which aims to create test platforms for artificial intelligence research and operations in the UAE. The project will build a new framework for artificial intelligence to integrate satellite observations. Industrial, ground-based weather radar data, rain gauges, and numerical weather forecast estimates.

It is noteworthy that the Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Sciences is supervising research grants offered to projects that contribute to the development of innovative solutions in the field of rain enhancement research. continents.

The program offers a grant of 1.5 million US dollars distributed over 3 years for each of the research proposals in the field of rain enhancement at a maximum rate of 550,000 dollars per year.

1811 researchers and scientists and 806 research institutions from 70 countries interacted with the program through its introductory campaigns and strategies for external communication over four sessions, which contributed to submitting 451 research proposals.

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