Islamabad: Department of Meteorology, Comsats University Islamabad (CUI) and Pakistan Meteorological Department on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance weather research, a press release said.
The signing ceremony held at the Islamabad campus was presided over by CUI Rector, Prof. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal, while Prof. Dr. Sajjad A. Madani, CUI Registrar and Mahr Sahibzad Khan, Chief Executive Officer of the Pakistan Met Department signed the document. Senior officials from Pakistan Met Department and Comsats University, Islamabad witnessed the event.
The MoU will enable cooperation between CUI and PMD in the implementation of a forecast-based action program and the promotion of an evidence-based and opinion-based early decision support system. extreme weather conditions. The Department of Meteorology, CUI and PMD have enjoyed a healthy relationship of knowledge exchange since 2005, said Dr. Kalim Ullah, Chairman of the Department of Meteorology at CUI. The formalization of the cooperation will allow the two institutions to make progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve the socio-economic condition of the country through the exchange of knowledge, forecasts and data services.
Prof. Afzal suggested that CUI and PMD work closely on exchanging hourly short-term rainfall forecasting models for rainfall probability, temperature and humidity. He said the recent flooding and smog phenomena are of great concern for Pakistan. He called on the PMD to promote the deployment of professional meteorologists to educate the general public on climate change in electronic media. He said CUI will work closely with PMD to secure international partnerships for regional weather modeling and climate change mitigation.
Mahr Sahibzad, while speaking on the occasion, said Pakistan had seen an unprecedented glacier erupt in 33 places this year, up from a third of the number in previous years. Likewise, the temperature and rain pattern this year has also been erratic, while the Pak-Met department has been able to successfully forecast all the unprecedented weather events. He said the lack of adoption of green technologies, deforestation, massive urbanization and primitive agricultural practices were factors that worsened climate change. He said Pakistan’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions was less than 0.8%, while the United States, Russia, India and China were among the largest contributors. He called for greater climate action from the international community, especially highly industrialized countries.
The two delegations from PMD and CUI discussed the current challenges of climate change and the risks to the environment, economy, human health and natural resources. The recent monsoon and subsequent flooding in many parts of the country has highlighted the need for an effective multi-hazard early warning system.