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Charged Particle (Negative Ion)-Based Cloud Seeding and Rain Enhancement Trial Design and Implementation

International Joint Research Laboratory of Magnetic Confinement Fusion and Plasma Physics, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Electromagnetic Engineering and Technology, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Water 2020, 12(6), 1644; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061644
Received: 28 April 2020 / Revised: 23 May 2020 / Accepted: 3 June 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Hydrology)
China has been suffering from water shortage for a long time. Weather modification and rainfall enhancement via cloud seeding has been proved to be effective to alleviate the problem. Current cloud seeding methods mostly rely on solid carbon dioxide and chemicals such as silver iodide and hygroscopic salts, which may have negative impacts on the environment and are expensive to operate. Lab experiments have proved the efficiency of ion-based cloud seeding compared with traditional methods. Moreover, it is also more environmentally friendly and more economical to operate at a large scale. Thus, it is necessary to carry out a field experiment to further investigate the characteristics and feasibility of the method. This paper provides the design and implementation of the ion-based cloud seeding and rain enhancement trial currently running in Northwest China. It introduces the basic principle of the trial and the devices developed for it, as well as the installation of the bases and the evaluation method design for the trial. View Full-Text
Keywords: cloud seeding; rainfall enhancement; weather modification; charged particles cloud seeding; rainfall enhancement; weather modification; charged particles
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Zheng, W.; Xue, F.; Zhang, M.; Wu, Q.; Yang, Z.; Ma, S.; Liang, H.; Wang, C.; Wang, Y.; Ai, X.; Yang, Y.; Yu, K. Charged Particle (Negative Ion)-Based Cloud Seeding and Rain Enhancement Trial Design and Implementation. Water 2020, 12, 1644. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061644

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Zheng W, Xue F, Zhang M, Wu Q, Yang Z, Ma S, Liang H, Wang C, Wang Y, Ai X, Yang Y, Yu K. Charged Particle (Negative Ion)-Based Cloud Seeding and Rain Enhancement Trial Design and Implementation. Water. 2020; 12(6):1644. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061644

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Zheng, Wei, Fengming Xue, Ming Zhang, Qiqi Wu, Zhou Yang, Shaoxiang Ma, Haotian Liang, Chuliang Wang, Yuxing Wang, Xinkun Ai, Yong Yang, and Kexun Yu. 2020. "Charged Particle (Negative Ion)-Based Cloud Seeding and Rain Enhancement Trial Design and Implementation" Water 12, no. 6: 1644. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061644

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