29-APR-2019: Workshop on 'National Information System for Climate and Environment Studies (NICES) Data Products'
Aligarh, April 29: A workshop on 'National Information System for Climate and Environment Studies (NICES) Data Products' was today organised by the department of geography, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) at the University Polytechnic auditorium in which key speakers discussed the impact of climate change and how NICES envisages realization of national level accurate, consistent and long-term climate database generation, derived from Indian and other Earth Observation (EO) satellites for climate change impact assessment and mitigation.
The workshop was sponsored by the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad.
Delineating the importance of climate and environment, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor discussed how monsoon season leaves a direct impact on country's agricultural GDP.
In the presidential address during the inaugural function, AMU Vice Chancellor said that major cities are fighting the dangers of climate change. "The National Capital Region (NCR) is no stranger to the impacts of climate change as it has already seen extreme heat and extreme cold several times leaving multiple effects on health of the citizens," he said adding that there is a need of a strong environmental lobby in countries like India and China to prevent global warming.
Prof Mansoor pointed out that the issue of climate change is beyond national boundaries and there is a need for creating public awareness.
He also discussed the protest of 15-year-old, Greta Thunberg, who captured the imagination of her country, Sweden that has been struck by heatwaves and wildfires in its hottest ever summer.
Dr Dibyendu Dutta (Scientist and Group Director, Earth and Climate Sciences, Agra) spoke on NICES activities and available data products and space technologies for atmospheric, ocean and terrestrial applications.
Dr Dutta with Dr Rajdeep Roy (Scientist, Ocean Colour Application, NRSC, Hyderabad) and Dr Hareef Baba Shaeb (Scientist, Earth and Climate Sciences) were the key speakers and resource persons of the workshop.
Prof M Shakir (Dean, Faculty of Sciences) elaborated how this workshop will help in understanding the complex processes that regulate the earth system and the manner in which they are influenced by natural forces and anthropogenic activities.
Delivering the welcome address, Prof Ateeque Ahmad (Chairman, department of geography and coordinator of the workshop) discussed the impact of climate change being felt in India with droughts, frequent flooding, sea level rise, cloud bursts, landslides and glacier melting.
Prof Shahab Fazal (Co-coordinator of the workshop) conducted the programme. Prof Nizamuddin Khan and Prof Naushad Ahmad were also co-coordinators.
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