Creating Rain: China Attemts to Change Weather with Rain-Making Machine and it’s Gonna Be Largest Experiment in History

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China needs more water that’s why they are doing the largest artificial rain experiment in history. 

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‘Sky River’

China is working on what will become the largest artificial rain experiment in history, hoping to induce extra rainfall over the Tibetan Plateau.

It sounds incredible but researchers plan to install thousands of fuel-burning chambers across the Tibetan mountains to induce rainfall, in a form of weather modification called ‘cloud seeding’.

Of course, it’s an open question as to whether this extensive rain-making system will even work, or how it may impact neighboring communities.

China’s latest mega-project called Tianhe (or Sky River in English) aims to bring more rain to the Tibetan Plateau, an important source of freshwater for China and an area deemed vulnerable to the effects of human-induced climate change.

For a bit of context, the Tibetan Plateau area spanning some 1.6 million square kilometers (almost 620,000 square miles) that’s larger than Alaska, and about three times the size of Spain, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). This immense scope means the extra rainfall expected will also be voluminous if the plan succeeds, equivalent to roughly 7 percent of China’s annual water consumption.

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Source: scmp.com

“[Modifying the weather in Tibet] is a critical innovation to solve China’s water shortage problem,” said Lei Fanpei, president of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, which is developing the project.

“It will make an important contribution not only to China’s development and world prosperity, but also the well being of the entire human race.”

How it’s gonna work?

Well, according to the experts,  a large network of fuel-burning chambers will be installed throughout the Tibetan mountains. These chambers will seed clouds with silver iodide particles that will be carried into the atmosphere by the wind.

Then they are expected to seed moisture clouds capable of producing rain and snow.

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Source: airsoc.com

“[So far,] more than 500 burners have been deployed on alpine slopes in Tibet, Xinjiang, and other areas for experimental use,” one researcher working on the project told SCMP.

“The data we have collected show very promising results.”

Tianhe is still very much in the experimental phase, though 500 units have reportedly already been deployed in Tibet, Xinjiang, and other areas.


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