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Cuba: One of the Few Countries Leading Research on Induced Rains

Camaguey, November 14 (RHC)-- Cuba is one of the few countries in the world having a reliable impact on induced rainfalls, according to Meteorologist Carlos Alberto Perez, who coordinates the cloud seeding activity on the island.

Perez, who heads the expert team at the Meteorology Center in eastern Camaguey province, said that results of their research have revealed a nearly one hundred percent effectiveness in silver iodide-based cloud seeding.

The United States has achieved the largest advancement in the scientific area said Perez, who also heads the Atmospheric Physics Department at the Meteorology Center.

The current stage of the research study, which got underway in 2005 and it is still operational, has reported significant levels and is aimed at proving the validity of inducing rainfalls in a 2-thousand-square-kilometer area, which is a record zone for the country.

Each year, the experiment is undertaken in the central-eastern region with actions that cover nearly all provinces in tune with requests from areas hardly hit by drought. The induced rainfall experiment is carried out by flights over the area.

The design and the project are both Cuban and the contract took on a Russian company that guarantees measurement equipment, technicians and the supply of silver iodide magazines.

The Cuban expert also said that the US economic blockade of Cuba is affecting this research program and its application because Cuba cannot purchase necessary resources in the U.S. nor carry out technical collaboration with U.S. specialists.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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