Formulated by the International Evaluation Committee for the UAE Prize for Excellence in Weather Modification (2005) A project executed in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization Magomet T. Abshaev (High Mountain Geophysical Institute of ROSHYDROMET Nalchik, Russian Federation) with George Sulakvelidze, Ivan Burtzev, Lyudmila Fedchenko, Musabi Jekamuhov, Ali Abshaev, Boris Kuznetsov, Aminat Malkarova, Ahmat Terbuev, Pavel Nesmejanov, Ildar Shakirov and Georgy Shevela, receive the UAE Prize for “research of hail processes covering the mechanism of hail formation and the hail suppression concept of beneficial competition, and for developing radar and rocket technology applicable to different hailstorms”. The High Mountain Geophysical Institute (HMGI) of Roshydromet in Nalchik, Russian Federation has over the past 40 years made major substantial and original contributions to the physical understanding of hail formation. This includes pioneering studies of the mechanism of hail formation and the hail suppression concept of beneficial competition, and for developing radar and rocket technology applicable to different hailstorms.
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 17 January 2018 – Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the awardees of the Third Cycle of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science were announced and honored at an exclusive ceremony.
The three awarded scientists leading the research teams that will share this cycle’s grant of US$5 million are:
Professor Eric Frew, of the University of Colorado, for his project dealing with targeted observation and seeding using autonomous unmanned aircraft systems.
Dr Lulin Xue, of the Hua Xin Chuang Zhi Science and Technology LLC in China, for a project entitled “Using Advanced Experimental – Numerical Approaches to Untangle Rain Enhancement (UAE-NATURE)”.
And Dr Ali Abshaev, of the Hail Suppression Research Center in Russia, for a project examining the creation of updrafts for the formation of artificial clouds and rainfall.