National Drought Monitoring & Early Warning Centre, Islamabad

Pakistan Meteorological Department




International Workshop on

"Droughts over Pakistan in the Changing Climate"

An International Workshop on "Droughts over Pakistan in the Changing Climate" on 21-22 February 2024 was organized by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Pakistan. This event was hosted by International Centre for Climate Change, Food Security & Sustainability (ICCFS), The Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB), Pakistan.

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Workshop Coordinator : Dr Syed Faisal Saeed
National Drought Monitoring Centre
Phone : +92519250598
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Venue Location:

Ghulam Muhammad Ghotvi Hall, Abbasia Campus,
The Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Workshop Agenda

Time Event Presenter/Speaker
10:10 – 13:00 Day 1
21st February, 2024
Session – 1
Moderator: Dr. Muhammad Afzaal, Chief Meteorologist, PMD.
10:10 – 10:30 Spatio temporal drought characteristics over Pakistan.
Introduction to the Kissan App.
Dr. Shahzada Adnan,
PMD, Islamabad.
10:30 – 10:50 Regional climate assessment of precipitation and temperature in Southern Punjab (Pakistan) using SimCLIM climate model for different temporal scales. Prof. Wajid Naseem Jatoi,
Director, Centre for Climate Change, Food Security & Sustainability (ICCFS), Islamia University Bahawalpur.
10:50 – 11:10 Pakistan’s drought monitoring system. Dr. Muhammad Jahanzaib Masood Cheema,
Deputy Project Lead (Drought Programme), IWMI.
11:10 – 11:30 Climate change effects on seasonal crops / vegetables. Mr. Muhammad Muzamil,
Haleema Development Organization, Multan.
11:30 – 11:50 Products of the National Drought Monitoring Centre, Pakistan Meteorological Department. Mr. Nasir Yaseen,
PMD, Islamabad.
11:50 – 12:10 Climate-Induced Drought Variability in Pakistan and Large-Scale Circulation Patterns. Dr. Muhammed Latif,
COMSATS University, Islamabad.
12:10 – 12:30 Unveiling the Impact of Poor Air Quality on Winter Rainfall in Pakistan: A Case Study of Inversion Capping and its Consequences on Rainfall Suppression and Drought Dr. Furrukh Bashir,
PMD, Islamabad.
12:30 – 13:00 Q&A and discussion. Moderator of the session.
13:00–14:00 Lunch and prayer break.
14:00 – 16:00 Session 2
Moderator: Prof. Wajid Naseem Jatoi, IUB, Bahawalpur.
14:00 – 14:20 InfoSequia – Drought Early Warning and Forecasting System for Quantifying Risks of Crop and Water Supply Failures (online). FutureWater
14:20 – 14:40 Climate smart agricultural technologies; a way towards to combat drought and climate change. Prof. Habib ur Rehman,
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (MNS) Univ. of Agriculture, Multan.
14:40 – 15:00 Crops yield and climate regression model-based AIC. Dr. Sardar Sarfaraz,
PMD, Karachi.
15:00 – 15:20 Present status of precipitation deficit and seasonal forecast. Dr. Muhammad Afzaal,
Chief Met. R&D Division, PMD, Islamabad.
15:20 – 16:00 Group Discussion–Participatory Debate. Moderator of the session.
09:00 – 11:00 Day 2
22nd February, 2024
Session – 3
Moderator: Dr. Abdul Ghafar, Cholistan Univ. of Vet. & Animal Sciences, Bahawalpur.
09:00 – 09:20 Understanding droughts through atmosphere and hydrosphere (online). Dr. Shaukat Ali,
The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada.
09:20 – 09:40 Future scenarios of droughts over South Asia. Dr. Syed Faisal Saeed,
PMD, Islamabad.
09:40 – 10:00 Soil moisture and remote sensing applications for agriculture. Dr. Muhammad Zohaib,
National Researcher, International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
10:00 – 10:20 Water and climate risk tools for enhanced food security (online). Dr. Faisal Moeen,
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal.
10:20 – 10:40 An Overview of WFP’s Support to GoP in Drought Preparedness & Response Planning, EWS and AA (online). Ms. Khadija Abid and Mr. Abubakar Siddique,
World Food Programme (WFP).
10:40 – 11:00 Group Discussion–Participatory Debate. Moderator of the session.
11:20 – 14:00 Session – 4
Moderator: Dr. Sardar Sarfaraz, Chief Meteorologist, PMD, Karachi.
11:40 – 12:00 Desertification based on geohistorical records with reference to Cholistan Desert. Dr. Abdul Ghafar,
Cholistan Univ. of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bahawalpur.
12:00 – 12:20 FAO drought anticipatory action protocols and their implementation (online). Mr. Naeem Iqbal,
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
12:20 – 12:40 Pilot impact-based forecasting project for Pakistan. Dr. D.H. Kazmi,
PMD, Islamabad.
12:40 – 13:00 Group Discussion–Participatory Debate. Moderator of the session.
Time Event Presenter/Speaker