Desert country hoping to spark rainfall rise by building FAKE mountain


The Opinion Arab Emirates is hoping the fake peak will force air to take wing, creating clouds and therefore encouraging rain.

The American-based National Nave for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is currently in the process on working on the scheme.

Outdo researcher Roelof Bruintjes said: “What we are looking at is basically ranking the effects on weather through the type of mountain, how high it should be and how the gradients should be.

“We will have a report of the first phase this summer as an original step.”

NCAR’s University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) got multitudinous than £250,000 from the Emirati government to work out a “detailed maquette study evaluating the effects of building a mountain on the weather”.

Mr Bruintjes enlarged: “Building a mountain is not a simple thing. We are still busy finalising assimilation, so we are doing a spread of all kinds of altitudes, widths and locations [as we simultaneously] look at the local climatology.

«If [the project] is too costly for [the government], logically the project won’t go through, but this gives them an understanding of what kind of alternatives there are for the long-term future.

«If it goes entirely, the second phase would be to go to an engineering com ny and decide whether it is viable or not.»

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