The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has successfully used the “cloud-gathering” technique to create artificial rains of the same quality as natural to soothe the intense heat in this middle eastern country. . (Sometimes up to more than 50 degrees Celsius). The UAE is one of the countries with the least amount of rainfall and the driest in the world.
Scientists in this country and a group of experts at the University of Reading (UK) conducted a study to be able to create rain entirely thanks to human strength and science and technology. The main technique of this work is called “collecting clouds” or “sowing clouds”. Professor Maarten Ambaum, who works on the artificial rain project in the UAE, told the BBC that the UAE currently has enough clouds to create artificial rain using this technique.
In more detail, scientists will use drones, discharge electrical charges into the clouds to “gather” them together, increasing the ability to accumulate water and create rain. Professor Ambaum describes this as like using a comb to comb your hair and in the dry season, the comb becomes charged and attracts the hairs falling out together.
Below is an illustration of the steps to create artificial rain in the UAE:
Launching a drone equipped with a generator to a certain height. The operator activates so that the drone discharges electricity into the clouds. Water droplets are accumulated and sticky, heavy enough will fall to create rain.
And a few days ago, this rain-making technique was a great success when a video released by the UAE National Meteorological Center showed heavy rains that have appeared across the country. In the video, drivers can be seen driving cars in heavy rain, even though the country is experiencing a severe heat wave in the middle of summer and there is almost no rain if waiting for “god”.
The technique uses a drone to discharge an electrical charge into the clouds, helping the droplets merge and stick together creating rain – “just like when brushing your hair, an electrically charged comb attracts hairs.” shed”.
In March, Alya Al-Mazroui, director of the UAE’s rain enhancement scientific research program, told Arab News that the government had approved a budget to equip a large amount of power generation equipment. and custom sensors and drones for the creation of these man-made rains.
Currently, the UAE has not revealed how much it costs each time to create such rain, but the investment cost for scientists to research the “sowing clouds to create rain” project is 15 million USD. Construction started in 2017 and after 4 years has given excellent results.