2 January, 2022
Media awareness workshop on Hydromet Hazards-Tsunami, Cyclones & Heavy rains, Avari Towers, Karachi
National Seismic Monitoring and Tsunami Early Warning Centre, Karachi held a media awareness workshop on hydromet hazards (Tsunami, Cyclones & Heavy rains) on Dec 29, 2021 at Avari Towers, Karachi for print & electronic media personnel. The workshop was attended by over 50 media men, both from print and electronic. The workshop consisted of two sessions, inaugural and technical. The inaugural session was chaired by the Additional Commissioner, Karachi with DG-PMD, UNDP representative and PMD officers being present. Chief Met NSMC, Karachi, Dr. Sarfaraz welcomed the participants and briefed about the workshop purpose highlighting that no early warning/ advisory of any hazard can meet its ultimate objectives of mitigating the potential losses if it’s not timely & effectively communicated to the vulnerable end-users and responded effectively by all the stakeholders. DG-PMD addressing the audience highlighted that creating awareness, issuing & disseminating early warning information and responding effectively is a key element of response to natural disasters. He emphasized that electronic & print media greatly expedite the process of dissemination and enable prevention messages to reach an expanded audience. He pointed out that this workshop would help a great deal in conveying the Tsunami, Cyclone & other early warning messages to vulnerable communities through media in effective & efficient way so that prompt response is made by all stakeholders. The UNDP representative, Mr. Adnan Iqbal also spoke on the occasion and briefed about the support UNDP has provided to PMD for strengthening the Tsunami early warning system.
The chief guest, Additional Commissioner, Karachi Mr. Syed Jawad Muzaffar highlighting the importance of the theme appreciated the PMD for holding such an important workshop for Karachi media and elaborated that this exercise would not only help the media to understand the hydromet hazards but also would prove beneficial for disasters dealing administration and in turn for the end-users. He pointedly described that with constant global temperature rise there’s now more risk of heatwaves, sea-level rise and glaciers melting which can pose serious impediments to national socio-economic development. He highlighted that Pakistan coastal shelf is also endangered by Tsunamigenic earthquake due to junction of 3 tectonic plates at a distance not too far away from Makran coast.
In the technical session Dr. Sarfaraz, Chief Met, gave presentation on “Forecast mechanism for general weather and cyclones”, Mr. Nadeem Faisal, Director presented on “On Pakistan climate data construction” and Mr. Tariq Ibrahim, Meteorologist gave presentation on “Tsunami & Earthquake EWS”. At the end DG-PMD thanked the audience for turning up in large numbers, taking keen interest through their questions & feedback in the topic and making the event successful.
14 October, 2021
Stake Holders workshop on Mitigating Tsunami Risk Moven Pick Hotel Karachi
A stakeholders workshop on mitigating Tsunami risk was organized by National Seismic Monitoring and Tsunami Early Warning Centre Karachi of PMD at Moven Pick Hotel Karachi in collaboration with UNDP Tsunami Project. The meeting was attended by the representatives of most of the response agencies i.e., NDMA, PDMA Sindh, Civil Defense, Local Administration, Pakistan Coast guard, Pakistan Navy, Army, media and other relevant organization. The Inaugural session of the meeting was headed by the Mr. Muhammad Riaz, Director General PMD. Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan, Project Director Tsunami project, Mr. Sulman Shah DG PDMA Sindh, Mr. Naeem Iqbal, Project Coordinator DRR UNDP also grace the occasion with their presence. Addressing the audience, the Dr Azmat Hayat Khan informed the audience that joint efforts are needed to mitigate the impact of natural hazards like Tsunami, which are free from bound of time schedule. PMD in collaboration with its partner agencies like UNDP are investing a lot of funds for the safety of community. The purpose of this workshop is to develop a mechanism / strategy for timely information dissemination to the vulnerable communities for effective response. Muhammad Riaz DG PMD said that the communities in Pakistan are facing multiple Hazards. PMD is taking lead in providing early warning services of multi hazard. The Makran Subduction Zone is the vulnerable area for producing earthquake and Tsunami’s. A very small lead time is available to feel its impacts. Many collaborating agencies are working to help and create awareness amongst vulnerable communities. The purpose of this workshop is to develop workable SOP’s regarding the course of action in case of occurrence of Tsunami. It is part of ongoing awareness program being conducted in collaboration with UNDP. It will help the vulnerable communities in term of their safety.
Mr. Salman Shah DG PDMA said that in continuation to this project, they are also installing 14 additional Tsunami warning posts along the coast in Karachi. Addressing the participant, he said that PDMA in collaboration with PMD is taking keen interest training of the communities and capacity building of the response agencies. The Project Coordinator DRR UNDP, Mr. Naeem Iqbal brief the audience about the project objectives and informed that soon after 2005 earthquake UNDP started investment in developing the capacity of PMD, NDMA, PDMA and other agencies with regards to Technology updation sketching SOP’s. UNDP in collaboration to PMD has installed 5 Tsunami warning posts in Karachi and Gawadar, 4 earthquake monitoring systems and inundation software at TEWC Karachi.
5 October, 2021
Inauguration of Automatic Weather Station (AWS)
Established at Landi Kotal, District Khyber, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
The inauguration ceremony of Automatic Weather Station (AWS) established at Landi Kotal, District Khyber, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held at Assistant Commissioner office compound, Landi Kotal on 5th October, 2021.
This inauguration was carried out by Mr. Muhammad Riaz, Director General, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and Muhammad Bakhtiar Khan, Director General, SDU, P&D Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Present on the occasion were also Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khan, Director, PMD, Dr. Muhammad Fahim, Deputy Director, PMD and Muhammad Zaheer Uddin Baber, Project Director, FATA Water Resources Development Project (FWRDP) along with other officers of PMD and local dignitaries.
This AWS is a part of the observational meteorological network which is being established with the help of FWRDP in the newly merged districts of Khyber, Bajur and Mohmand. This is going to be the source of real time weather information for the region and broaden the network of meteorological observatories in far-flung areas of the country thus strengthening the existing network of early warning system of PMD.
24 September, 2021
MoU Signing Ceremony between Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur
A memorandum of understanding was signed at Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Headquarters office, Islamabad, between PMD and Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), Khairpur by Mr. Muhammad Riaz, Director General, Meteorological Services and Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibopoto, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh. Present on the occasion were Dr. Azmat Hayyat Khan, Chief Meteorologist, Mr. Mushtaq Shah, Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khan, Director and Dr. Noor Hussain Shah. Asstt. Professor, Shah Abdul Latif University.
According to his agreement PMD will help SALU to establish meteorological observatory at the campus. The prime objective of this meteorological observatory is to provide meteorological and agro-meteorological updates. The agreement is also meant to enhance the research activities at the two institutions. This will further strengthen the ties between PMD and the academia.
23 March, 2021
World Meteorological Day 2021 – The Ocean, our Climate and Weather
Every year on March 23, the World Meteorological Day is celebrated to mark the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) establishment on that date in 1950.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) celebrated the WM Day 2021 and held an exhibition at Institute of Meteorology & Geophysics (IMG), Met. Complex, University Road, Karachi. The chief guest, Muhammad Touseef Alam, Ch. Met (Rtd) inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition aimed to highlight the weather and climate services PMD renders to contribute in national development in different sectors. Director, IMG, Mr. Sardar Sarfaraz, presented the welcome address and briefed the audience on the theme of the day.
The theme for the year “The Ocean, our Climate and Weather” is based on the fact that ocean, covering some 70% of the Earth’s surface, is a major driver of the world’s weather and climate. It plays a central role in climate change. The ocean is also a major driver of the global economy, carrying more than 90% of world trade and sustaining the 40% of humanity that lives within 100 km of the coast. The changing climate is warming the ocean, having a profound effect on our weather.
The year 2020 was one of the three warmest years on record, despite La Nina cooling in the Pacific Ocean. The past decade 2011-2020 was the warmest on record. Ocean heat is at record levels, ocean acidification is continuing. Sea ice is melting. The rate of sea level rise has accelerated. During the past year, we have seen prolonged droughts that extended fire seasons throughout the world. For instance, wildfires in Australia, were linked to ocean temperatures influencing drier seasonal climate patterns.
Chief Meteorologist, briefed the audience about progress of the department. He highlighted the significance of PMD’s role in weather forecasting, early warnings and other climate services, to protect life and property. To prepare for extreme weather and climatic events, accurate impact-based prediction and a multi-level early warning system are the key requirements. PMD is striving hard for provision of such information through enhancement and up-gradation of the existing network like DW Radars, AWSs, ARGs and wind profilers etc.
Mr. Muhammad Touseef Alam, Ex. Chief Meteorologist was the keynote speaker on the occasion. He highlighted that weather and climate is not only linked to atmosphere but also to the ocean, which is equally vital part of the earth system. He pointed that the United Nations Organization (UNO) is dedicating the decade 2021-2030 as the “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development” and the WMO and NMHs, of course, are committed to contributing with much of their work integral for the “Safe Ocean”, “Predicted Ocean” and “Transparent Ocean” goals of the Decade. By having accurate and timely information and early warning, people can prepare and organize themselves to deal with adverse impacts of extreme weather events. During last few years, thousands of lives have been saved around the world by improved weather forecasting, efficient early-warnings and disaster readiness.
In the end, Dir. IMG, Mr. Sarfaraz thanked the audience and all the stakeholders for their participation and making the event a success. The exhibition will remain opened on 24th and 25th March, 2021 for students and the public.
1 March, 2021
Early Pollen observed in Islamabad/Rawalpindi
Due to temperature increase, the Pollen concentration has started to increase rapidly in Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Met Office informed that pollen will further increase in coming days. The Pollen is likely to attain peak during second fortnight of March 2021 in Islamabad/Rawalpindi. People suffering from pollen allergy are advised to take the precautionary measures accordingly.
The most abundant pollen types in Islamabad are from 08 plant species (i. e. Paper Mulberry, Acacia, Eucalyptus, Pines, Grasses, Cannabis, Dandelion and Alternaria). Out of all these plants Paper Mulberry shares about 97% of the total pollen and its concentration touches the extreme limits of around 45,000 per cubic meter of air at the peak of the blossom season. PMD will continuously publish pollen concentration data throughout the pollen season on its website and print/electronic media on daily basis. This concentration data will be regularly uploaded on PMD website: www.pmd.gov.pk
Public may contact at following phone numbers for related information;
051-9250334, 051-9250364 and 051-9250369 or email at email@example.com for queries regarding pollen count.
10 February, 2021
Inauguration of Weather Radar in Islamabad By Honourable Mininster for Aviation, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan and his excellency Ambassador of Japan H.E Matsuda Kuninori
The Inauguration/completion ceremony of the project “Establishment of Specialized Medium Range Weather Forecasting Centre” (SMRFC) for strengthening of Weather Forecasting System in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, was held in Pakistan Meteorological Department, Islamabad today on 10 th February, 2021.
Federal Minister for Aviation, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, H.E Matsuda Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Shigeki Furuta, Chief Representative of JICA in Pakistan on their arrival at PMD Headquarters H-8 were received by DG Mets Mr. Muhammad Riaz and other senior officers of PMD.
H.E Matsuda Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan in his inaugural address reiterated the historical ties between Japan and Pakistan and ensured his constant support to the people of Pakistan.
The honorable Minister, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan paid special thanks to the people and Government of Japan for their continuous support in the fields of aviation, weather and climate. DG Met Services also elaborated the continuous support of JICA for the establishment of Weather Radars in Pakistan.
Students of Japanese Embassy School were also briefed about different units of Pakistan Meteorological Department and working/operations about these units.
2 December, 2020
Federal Secretary for Aviation, Mr. Hassan Nasir Jamy inaugurated the Upgraded Meteorological Observatory at Regional Meteorological Center Peshawar
Federal Secretary for Aviation, Mr. Hassan Nasir Jamy inaugurated the upgraded meteorological observatory in the Regional Meteorological Center (RMC), Peshawar today. Mr. Imran Jamil Shami, Joint Secretary, Aviation Division, Director General (PMD) Muhammad Riaz and Chief Met. Dr. Hanif were also present on the occasion. Dr. Muhammad Fahim, Deputy Director, RMC Peshawar, briefed about the working and functions of the center. Dr. Hanif added that the Meteorological Department has begun the process of modernization and integration of state-of-the-art systems into the observational network of PMD. Soon meteorological observatories in different parts of the country would be upgraded thus enhancing the meteorological data quality.
18 November, 2019
Regional Training Workshop on Severe Weather and Impact-based Forecasting and Warning Services
(Islamabad from 18-23 November, 2019)
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing SWFDP-South Asia Training Workshop on Severe Weather and Impact-based Forecasting and Warning Services from 18th to 23rd of November, 2019 at PMD Headquarters, Islamabad-Pakistan.
The inaugural ceremony of the workshop was held at PMD-Headquarters, Islamabad on 18th November, 2019. Nine (09) participants from the National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of South Asian region countries along with 29 local experts from stakeholders, organizations and weather and climate researchers from PMD attended the inaugural session. The training workshop is meant to develop capacity of weather forecasters of the National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of South Asian region countries
Mr. Muhammad Riaz, Director General, PMD, in his welcome address emphasized on the need of such workshops and trainings to enhance capacity of weather forecasters through utilization of the available NWP products and satellite information in severe weather forecasting and warning services, as well as to improve coordination of NMHSs with targeted users including general public, media, and disaster managers for better delivery of warning services for improved DRR activities. Mr. Atta Hussain, WMO Representative in his address highlighted the importance of impact-based weather forecasting and warning services and role of WMO to facilitate such knowledge-sharing workshops. WMO Consultants will share best practices in forecasting the severe weather and warning services.