Meteorology workshop Better data, better flood forecasts


LAHORE: More detailed data and better equipment are necessary to predict natural disasters,


especially floods, participants of a workshop on hydro meteorological forecasting said on


Wednesday.


The 13-day international workshop titled “Hydro-Meteorological Data and Flood Forecasting”


has been arranged by the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Engineering and


Technology (UET), Lahore.


The main objective of the programme is to provide a forum for experts from Pakistan and


Afghanistan to discuss the need for hydro meteorological data collection, storage, analysis and


dissemination.


During the first session, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and Pacific Director Prof


Shahbaz Khan said that more data would be very helpful for improving flood forecasting.


“Global warming is a major cause of floods. Pakistan faces massive losses every year because of


it. Upgrading the system and the equipment is essential for accurate flood forecasting.


Engineering universities must be taken into confidence on formulating strategy and policy for


forecasting systems,” he said.


UET Vice Chancellor Fazal Ahmad Khalid said that Pakistan could not afford the destabilisation


of its economy by floods every year. “Concrete steps must be initiated by taking all stakeholders


into confidence. Universities can be productive and supportive in flood forecasting and


management systems by achieving the goal of outcome-based education,” he said.


Prof Noor Muhammad Khan of the UET Civil Engineering Department briefed the audience


about the workshop, and the UETs role in strengthening of flood warning and management


capacity in Pakistan. He said that 12 people from various institutes dealing with flood


management and students of the UET would be trained in the workshop.


“This workshop is meant for technical and professional staff from various institutions of Pakistan


dealing with flood management. The participants will be imparted knowledge to identify sites for


meteorological and hydrological stations, carry out basic data analysis, find gaps, shifts and


trends in hydro meteorological data of a station and set up a flood forecasting model for further


processing and calibration,” he said. The workshop will conclude on August 15.

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