16 March: Policy Level Information Dissemination Workshop on Cryosphere Dynamics of Indus Basin Held in Pakistan

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Fifty-five professionals from 23 national institutions, including high-level dignitaries, participated in the ‘Policy Level Information Dissemination Workshop on Cryosphere (Snow and Glacier) Dynamics of the Indus Basin’ organized by ICIMOD and the National Centre of Excellence in Geology (NCEG) in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 16 March 2012. Dr Arif Mahmood, Director General, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), delivered the inaugural remarks and highlighted the need to enhance knowledge on the cryosphere dynamics of the Indus basin in the context of climate change. He emphasized the collaborative work being done between national and international institutions to enhance national capacity.

The presentation session was chaired by Dr A Karim Ahmed, Director, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), USA, and co-chaired by Shehzad Khan Bangash, Director General, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Dr Ghulam Rasool, Chief Meteorologist, PMD. The participants expressed appreciation for ICIMOD’s recent comprehensive assessment reports on snow and glaciers, which represent the first of their kind in the region; and they particularly appreciated the distribution of primary geospatial datasets.

During the discussion session, questions were asked about the requirements of, and progress in, mass balance studies. Mr Farid explained that the ongoing mass balance studies in Nepal incorporate the capacity building and training of regional professionals, including from Pakistan. Dr Ghulam Rasool reported collaboration with Chinese institutions on this issue, including joint field missions.