UAE to build artificial mountain to improve rainfall
The UAE is currently in the initial stage of a man-made mountain development project as it is considering various approaches to maximize rainfall.
Arabian Business reports that Experts from the US-based University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are in the “detailed modelling study” phase, as per NCAR scientist and lead researcher Roelof Bruintjes.
The agency is evaluating the effects of weather based on the type of mountain, it’s height and the slope and they expect to come up with the report of first phase this summer.
Scientists from the U.S.-based University Corporation for Atmospheric Research say they are now studying local climatology to determine the best location for and dimensions of the proposed mountain.
While it does not have experience in mountain-building, the UAE has successfully built an artificial lake — Lake Zakher, in the desert near the border with Oman.
If the project materializes, moist air from the Gulf could climb up the mountainside and cool, while seeding the clouds from aircraft with eco-friendly chemicals would help create much needed rain, changing the local climate.