The Queensland cloud seeding research program

Tessendorf, Sarah A. and Bruintjes, Roelof T. and Weeks, Courtney and Wilson, James W. and Knight, Charles A. and Roberts, Rita D. and Peter, Justin R. and Collis, Scott and Buseck, Peter R. and Freney, Evelyn and Dixon, Michael and Pocernich, Matthew and Ikeda, Kyoko and Axisa, Duncan and Nelson, Eric and May, Peter T. and Richter, Harald and Piketh, Stuart and Burger, Roelof P. and Wilson, Louise and Siems, Steven T. and Manton, Michael and Stone, Roger C. and Pepler, Acacia and Collins, Don R. and Bringi, V. N. and Thurai, M. and Turner, Lynne and McRae, David (2012) The Queensland cloud seeding research program. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 93 (1). pp. 75-90. ISSN 0003-0007

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In late 2006 the Queensland government decided to establish the Queensland Cloud Seeding Research Program (QCSRP) in southeastern Queensland to determine the feasibility of cloud seeding as a component of its long-term water management strategy. The Queensland water management strategy recognizes the need for a broad portfolio of water sources to account for the uncertainties and costs associated with each type of source. While it was not expected that cloud seeding would restore southeastern Queensland's water supply levels to pre-drought values, it seemed valuable to determine whether certain types of seeding techniques might impact rainfall and water supplies in the region and whether that impact could be quantified. The project was developed as a collaboration between a number of institutions from Australia, the United States, and South Africa, and included field measurements over the course of two wet seasons. A two-pronged approach was taken to a) conduct a randomized cloud seeding experiment and b) assemble state-of-the-art instrumentation systems to collect data on the complete physical process from cloud formation to seeding to precipitation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: See Publisher's Copyright Statement for further details: (Previously embargoed until July 2012). Full list of authors: Sarah A. Tessendorf, Roelof T. Bruintjes, Courtney Weeks, James W. Wilson, Charles A. Knight,Rita D. Roberts , Justin R. Peter, Scott Collis, Peter R. Buseck, Evelyn Freney, Michael Dixon, Matthew Pocernich, Kyoko Ikeda, Duncan Axisa, Eric Nelson, Peter T. May, Harald Richter,Stuart Piketh, Roelof P. Burger, Louise Wilson, Steven T. Siems, Michael Manton, Roger C. Stone, Acacia Pepler, Don R. Collins, V. N. Bringi, M. Thurai, Lynne Turner, and David McRae.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 23:22
Last Modified: 13 May 2016 04:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: ambient aerosols; Australia; Brisbane; cloud systems; dynamical process; multiparameter radar; precipitation formation; Queensland; research programs; seeding materials; water shortages; wet season
Fields of Research (2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040199 Atmospheric Sciences not elsewhere classified
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040107 Meteorology
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040106 Cloud Physics
Fields of Research (2020): 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370199 Atmospheric sciences not elsewhere classified
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370108 Meteorology
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370107 Cloud physics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960202 Atmospheric Processes and Dynamics
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
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