World Meteorological Day observed

KARACHI: An exhibition in connection with World Meteorological Day 2016 was inaugurated at the Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics (IMG), Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Met. Complex, here Wednesday.

The chief guest was Muhammad Musleh Uddin, Director, Pakistan Meteorological Department.

An official said that the exhibition aimed to display meteorological and seismological instruments, different meteorological charts and products, climate alerts, video clips, presentations and depict the achievements and different services provided by the PMD.

The Director, IMG, Sardar Sarfraz, presented the welcome address and briefed the audience on the theme of the day ” Hotter, drier, wetter-Face of the future”.

Dr Ghulam Rasul, Director-General, mentioned that Pakistan is among the 10 most vulnerable countries of the world affected by climate change ranging from glacier lack out burst, floods in the north to heat waves and tropical cyclone in the south.

It was pointed out that the PMD has recently signed an agreement with K-Electric to develop early warning system for heat waves in Karachi and other areas three days ahead and simultaneously sharing that information with NDMA, provincial stakeholders and media.

An awareness campaign will also be launched jointly on media in May and June.

He highlighted the need of sharing climate knowledge provided by PMD, with government agencies and the civil society and to apply it for strong climate action to minimize the climate risk and faster sustainable development.

Muhammad Musleh Uddin, (Rtd) Director, Pakistan Meteorological Department, was the keynote speaker on the occasion, Abdul Rashid, Chief Meteorologist, briefed the audience about progress of the Department.

The World Meteorological Day is observed annually to mark the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) establishment on that date in 1950.

The key message at the occasion is “Hotter, Drier, Wetter Face the Future”. The theme has been chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change.

The exhibition will remain open March 24-25 for the students and  the public.