PR No. 15 “THE GLOBAL CHANGE IMPACT STUDY CENTRE SHOULD PLAY A LEADING RESEARCH INSTITUTION AT REGIONAL LEVEL” ZAHID HAMID Islamabad: January 3, 2017
A meeting was held at Global Change Impact Study Centre under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Climate Change to discuss the strengthening of GCISC.
“Global change impact study Centre is doing a job of great importance .It should be strengthened so it can play role of leading research institution at regional level” said by the federal Minister.
“It should develop strategic vision to fully benefit people of Pakistan. The recruitments should be made according to strategic vision” told by the minister.
He also appreciated the research work done by the GCISC and stressed on making it more active.
Dr Tariq Banuri Professor at the University of Utah and member of board of governance of GSISC also gave his valuable suggestions for strengthening GCISC. He suggested that GCISC can commission other institutions, doing field research to conduct research for GCISC. The ministry of Climate Change should take pro active approach with Higher Education Commission to start graduate program in field of Climate change.
Mr.Goheer from GCISC gave presentations on the working of GCISC. The Secreatry Ministry of Climate Change Syed ahmed Abu Akif, Inspector General forests Mr.Syed Mehmood Nasir ,DG(Environment Mr.Irfan Tariq, JS (Admn) Mr.Muhammad Farooq and scientific officers from GCISC were also present the meeting
Being cognizant of the fact that Climate change is a stark reality and no more a fiction and Pakistan cannot remain secluded from the adverse impacts of this global concern, Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) was established as a dedicated research Centre to address climate change issues in 2002 as a PSDP Project. Consequently, GCISC was granted the status of a regular national entity as a body corporate by passage of “GCISC Act 2013”. According to the act, the Centre is a body corporate working under Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan as its research arm with the following functions1: Research( on climate change profiles of Pakistan, Climate Change impact assessment in different areas) 2.socio-economic sectors and identification of appropriate adaptation/mitigation strategies,30 Capacity building: of young scientists of GCISC and the relevant national research organizations in climate change research;4) Dissemination of research findings: to scientific community, planners, policymakers and raising public awareness of climate change concerns.
Presently GCISC is working in the following research areas:1 Climatology & Environment which includes Climate System Modeling, Past & Projected Climatic Changes, Climatic Extremes and Monsoon Predictability, Identification and Characterization of Different Aerosol Types and Assessment of Air Pollution by Employing Plume Dispersion and Air Mass Trajectory Modeling, GHG Emissions from Energy, Industry and Transport Sectors .2) Water Resources and Glaciology which includes Analysis of Climate Change induced changes in water availability in major rivers of Indus River System through Geographical Information System based hydrological modeling, assessment of high elevation climate change and its impacts on water cycle, Analysis of hydro logical changes in the Indus delta 3)Agriculture, Forestry & Land Use which includes Crop Simulation Modeling; Assessment of Impacts of Climate Change on field crops, Livestock, Forestry and Land Use; Assessment of climate change impacts on crop water requirements;GHG Emissions from the above sectors; Adaptation Measures to counter negative impacts of Climate Change.