The Blanket Effect is intended for others to learn about weather modification and its related subjects in an easy to understand way. Started in 2005, this blog is a work in progress as the technology advances

March 24, 2007

Full Speed Ahead

(note: abridged excerpt from: WMA Annual Meeting, San Diego, Ca. 2005; 16th Weather Modification Conference)

A Plan for the next phase in Weather Modification Science and Technology (PDF)
T.P. DeFelice


Present-day cloud seeding technologies and the recognition of treatable clouds are scientifically based.

The scientific community acknowledges that cloud seeding yields a 10% increase in the amount of precipitation (compared with normal precipitation) that reaches the ground when the seeding is prudently conducted under favorable atmospheric conditions.

Weather modification technologies may be affectively applied to facilitate the water and energy cycles, which are key to dealing with many present and potential future scientific, environmental, and socioeconomic issues.

Contemporary socioeconomic problems mostly focus on drought.

For example, there is a clear and pressing need for additional clean water, since it is predicted that more than 40% of the world's population will live in waterstressed areas by the decade of the 2020s.

Technological and scientific advances have recently yielded, new seeding material, polarimetric radar,

Doppler radar and software, and enhanced computational resources.

Hence, an impetus for developing systems that monitor and manage atmospheric events.

The atmospheric events are treatable using proven and some new modern weather modification technologies, and they include hurricanes, tornadoes, and pollutant transport.

Consequently, the next phase in weather modification science and technology development is to outline a high-level national program plan for developing modern weather modification science and technologies that takes advantage of lessons learned, recent science and technological advances for more effectively benefiting society.

The 'next phase' in weather modification science and technology development will encompass a comprehensive agenda of fundamental and applied research & development efforts directed toward optimizing existing technologies used to manage 'treatable' atmospheric processes and conditions, and to allow the development of relevant innovative technologies.

It will require a permanent, national program that administers the resources and the activities to develop the operational application of atmospheric modification (weather modification) technologies, which help provide sustainable water supplies and mitigate the excessive effects from atmospheric hazards (frozen rain, hurricanes, tornadoes,, other).

This includes improving the understanding of the relevant processes and the evaluation methods for operational activities as suggested by Silverman (2001a), making use of cooperative multi-disciplinary research and development arrangements, and a well-designed outreach activity.

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