Evolution of Uses of Cloud-Seeding Technology

by Richard A. Schleusener,


Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 3, Pg. 187-198

Document Type: Journal Paper


The evolution of uses of cloud-seeding technology is reviewed to determine the factors responsible for introduction of this new technology into operating systems for water resources management. There is a time lag between recognition of the possibility of beneficial use of this technology and its general acceptance. Factors promoting this time lag include not only physical and economic evaluations of the technology, but also the attitudes of management and its willingness to innovate. In contrast to attitudes of the recent years, a consensus now exists on the importance of cloud seeding as a tool in management of water resources. This portends substantial increases in weather modification activity, and attempts to evolve operational systems of weather modification to further exploit the technology as a water resources management tool. Experience to date indicates the importance of providing latitude for innovators in developing the technology.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Resource management | Economic factors | Weather modification

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