Efforts to control weather have been relatively limited, and results, which are heavily reliant on weather conditions and cloud composition, are marginal at best. Innovations in this area will produce rain for farmers and reduce crop damaging hail, increase precipitation in areas affected by droughts, fill water reservoirs, and stave off the most harmful consequences of increasingly deadly hurricanes and tornadoes. The goal of this prize is to create radical breakthroughs in weather control technology without adversely impacting the long-term global or local climate: hotter days and droughts, flooding, more severe storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and hail.
The winning team will develop a new technology, or modify an existing approach, that clearly demonstrates at least one measureable change in weather, such as increasing rainfall or mitigating fog in a 100-square-mile area. Baselines will be determined prior to trial initiation.
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