Fake mountain in UAE will hopefully bring real rainfall
We might have our own water issues in Australia, but they're nothing like the UAE. The desert nation is looking to counter its subtropical-arid climate by building a man-made mountain, in order to produce greater amounts of yearly rainfall.
As reported in a recent exclusive by Arabian Business, the project is a collaboration between the United States based organisation the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the National Center of Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS).
These organisations were collectively given $400,000 dirhams towards the project in February last year, reports Arabian Business.
NCAR lead researcher Roelof Bruintjes in the interview with Arabian Business spoke about the characteristics that such a mountain would have, and what these aspects would have on the kinds of weather it would be likely to produce.
"What we are looking at is basically evaluating the effects on weather through the type of mountain, how high it should be and how the slopes should be," said Bruintjes.
The project would work by effectively by creating clouds that can then be seeded by the presence of the mountain, Bruintjes explained.
NCMS also revealed that last year $558,000 dirhams was spent on cloud-seeding, a practice that has also occurred in Australia. The Snowy Hydro began a $40 million research project of winter cloud seeding in the Snowy Mountains, and some research has been conducted into cloud seeding in Tasmania.
This kind of ambitious project is typical for the UAE, a region that is known for manipulating its natural environment in inventive and groundbreaking ways – for example, the artificial archipelago World Islands in Dubai.
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By David Francis