Weather Modification in Alberta

Authors

  • R G Humphries Atmospheric Sciences Department Alberta Research Council Edmonton, Alberta
  • M English Atmospheric Sciences Department Alberta Research Council Edmonton, Alberta
  • J Renick Atmospheric Sciences Department Alberta Research Council Edmonton, Alberta

Abstract

The Alberta Research Council conducted a research and operational weather modificatlon program in central Alberta during the period 1980 - 1985 inclusive. The year 1980 was a transition year in which the Alberta Research Council assumed management of the weather modification project. The current five-year experimental program started in 1981. Hail suppression through cloud seeding has been the focal point of this program, with exploratory studies of cloud seeding to increase rain and snow. The cost of the five year program was $22,730,000 -- of which $17,410,000 was contributed by Alberta Agriculture and $5,320,000 by the Alberta Research Council. This paper constitutes the summary report of the program which was submitted to the government of Alberta. It contains a brief history of weather modification activities in Alberta, the rationale for, and objectives of, the 1980 to 1985 program and the conclusions. A brief summary of applications of technology developed for weather modification research to non-weather-modification problems is also included. Since this report was originally written for politicians and the general public, it did not include formal references.

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