Three research projects to share US$ 5 million grant

WMO congratulates the three scientists leading the research teams that will share the US$ 5 million grant from the United Arab Emirates Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science.

  • Masataka Murakami, Visiting Professor from the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University (Japan), for his work on pre- cipitation enhancement in arid and semi-arid regions. Professor Murakami’s project focuses on innovative algorithms and sensors dedicated to identifying the clouds most suitable for seeding. Researchers from the University ofTokyo and the Japan Meteorological Agency also contributed to this research project.

  • Linda Zou, Professor of Chemical and Environ- mental Engineering from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (UAE), for her work on using nanotechnology to accelerate water condensation. Through her research, Professor Zou explores the di erent ways of employing current knowledge of nanotechnology to develop novel cloud seeding materials and make rain droplet formation more e cient. Professor Zou has received contribution to her work from the National University of Singapore and the Uni- versity of Belgrade.

  • Volker Wulfmeyer, Managing Director, Professor, and Chair of Physics and Meteorology at the Insti- tute of Physics and Meteorology in the University of Hohenheim (Germany), for his work on cloud seeding optimization. Prof. Wulfmeyer’s work aims to speci cally study convergence zones and land cover modi cation to enhance precipitation. 

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