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Director of the National Water Center at the UAE University: The recent rains that the country has witnessed are a water wealth

From / Ali Al-Hajri.

Al Ain, April 18 / WAM / Dr. Dalal Matar Al Shamsi, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, and Director of the National Center for Water and Energy, at the United Arab Emirates University, said that the heavy rains accompanying the depression that the country recently witnessed is a water wealth and a great mercy, as the rains washed away Atmospheric dust reduced the concentration of pollutants in the air, soil and water, and with it wetlands and valleys appeared that irrigated agricultural areas.

Dr. Dalal Mattar Al Shamsi added in a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, that this natural phenomenon is an opportunity to improve the efficiency of mathematical models based on artificial intelligence to better predict the amounts and intensity of rain in the coming periods, which contributes to greater readiness and more effective harvesting of larger quantities of rainwater.

Al Shamsi pointed out that during the recent depression, in less than 48 hours, the country witnessed rainfall of varying intensities, but it exceeded the usual average annual limit in most regions by one and a half or two times, meaning that it exceeds the amount of rainfall during an entire year in a short period and with intensity. High, and this is one of the unusual weather phenomena that results from natural climate change, as rain falls in large quantities, causing flash floods.

She explained that the wind speed was moderate to strong, which resulted in evaporation of some of the water accumulated on the surface.

She added that it is expected that, with the presence of dams feeding the groundwater reservoirs, rainwater will leak at a rate ranging from 25% to 40% into the groundwater reservoirs, which will contribute to significantly increasing the groundwater reserve, in addition to the role of rainwater in improving the quality of groundwater reservoirs by reducing the concentration. Dissolved salts and other natural chemical elements dissolved from the rock formation of a natural aquifer.

It is noteworthy that during this recent depression, the country witnessed the largest amounts of rain in its modern history, in many regions, and it is the largest since the beginning of recording climate data in 1949.

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