Gul for deploying GIS to cope with climatic issues

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Senior Officials of COMSATS University Islamabad led by Prof. Dr. Muhammad T. Afzal Rector CUI with Zartaj Gul, Minister of State for Climate Change at the inauguration of Seminar on Role of GIS for Climate Change at COMSATS University Islamabad on 1st December 2021.

Minister of State inaugurates Seminar in COMSATS University Islamabad
Islamabad
A seminar on Role of Geographic Information System (GIS) for Climate Change was organized by the Department of Meteorology, COMSATS University Islamabad at the Islamabad Campus of the later on Wednesday. The Chief Guest, Zartaj Gul, Minister of State for Climate Change participated in the seminar and held meetings with experts led by Rector of CUI, Prof. Dr. Tabassum Afzal, at the seminar.
Gul stressed to deploy GIS to help better understand climate change and to cope with the environmental and climatic issues of smog, extreme weather events, such as hill torrents, droughts, urban flooding, and glacier melting and their solutions.
Further, she expressed the government’s resolve to seek smart tools to aid in eliminating the usage of polythene bags as well as facilitating an informed implementation of the plastics ban. She said that GIS applications can be used for identification of sites for small dams for water storage as well as other purposes required in the far-flung areas of the country, such as Koh-e-Suleman and Thar region.
Prof. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal suggested to raise public awareness of the importance of geospatial technologies as well as to sensitize the stakeholders towards advocating the role of GIS in climate related issues.
It was agreed to bring together researchers, non-governmental organizations, policy makers and various public institutions to share ideas and propose research priorities in climate change, agriculture, wildlife conservation and allied fields.
The Minister lauded the efforts of researchers and faculty of the Department of Meteorology at CUI in raising awareness on climate related issues.