US Scientist among Recipients of UAE Rain Enhancement Program’s 5 Million Dollar Grant

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-Tuesday, January 17th 2017 [ ME NewsWire ]

Dr Paul Lawson, from the USA, was awarded a grant this afternoon at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2017 for a research project that will investigate new approaches to rain enhancement that leverages ice production processes in cumulus clouds. Dr Lawson founded SPEC Incorporated in 1979, a company that manufactures state-of-the-art airborne cloud physics instruments and has participated in over 50 international research projects.

Along with Dr Lawson’s project, two other research groups from Finland and the UK were selected as awardees of the 5 million US dollar grant awarded for the Second Cycle of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science.

His Excellency Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, who awarded the researchers, said: “The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science reflects the UAE leadership’s determination to encourage and support the transformative and bold thinking needed to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. These innovative proposals honored by the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science Awards have the potential to further boost UAE’s breakthroughs in research and development.” 

Dr Lawson, who gained his Doctorate in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wyoming, is a veteran atmospheric researcher with more than 110 lead authored or co-authored papers to his name.

Registrations are open for the Third Cycle at http://www.uaerep.ae.

 

About the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science

The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs overseen by the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), offers a grant of 5 million US dollars over a three-year period to be shared by up to five winning research proposals. The Program was launched with the aims of addressing water security challenges and placing the UAE at the international forefront of scientific research into rain enhancement. In the context of UAE’s Innovation Strategy, the Program is structured to develop human capital and stimulate investments in research in this field for the benefit of arid regions and beyond.

For more information about the Program: www.uaerep.ae


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Dr Paul Lawson, from the USA, awardee of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science 2nd Cycle (Photo: ME NewsWire)

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