China Is Gearing Up For A Massive Artificial Rain Experiment On The Tibetan Plateau

Kristine Moore

China has a very special project known as Sky River which will see artificial rain falling upon the Tibetan Plateau over a range of 620,000 square miles, and it is hoped that this scientific experiment, the largest of its kind ever conducted, will help to increase rainfall yearly by 10 billion cubic meters.

Tsinghua University is responsible for the development of the Sky River project which was created in 2016, and in their attempt to create much-needed artificial rain, China will be using fuel-burning chambers placed strategically across the sprawling mountains of Tibet that will number in the tens of thousands, as ScienceAlert report.

The sheer volume of artificial rain that China is trying to produce will be falling over an area that is larger even than the state of Alaska, and achieving success with Sky River is crucial if the country is to resolve their issues with water shortage, according to Lei Fanpei.

"Modifying the weather in Tibet is a critical innovation to solve China's water shortage problem. It will make an important contribution not only to China's development and world prosperity, but also the well being of the entire human race."

— ScienceAlert (@ScienceAlert) April 28, 2018

One scientist who is working on Sky River has said that the artificial rain project appears to be going quite well so far.

"So far, more than 500 burners have been deployed on alpine slopes in Tibet, Xinjiang, and other areas for experimental use. The data we have collected show very promising results."
"Such weather modification does not 'produce' rain as such. Rather, it makes rain happen somewhere, which means that it will not happen somewhere else. This immediately means that ecosystems and people living somewhere else where it would have rained will no longer get this rain."