Title Institute for Climate and Society Affairs, Islamabad Pakistan
Type Workshop
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Abstract Despite significant benefits gained in the developed world from improved weather and climate forecasts, developing countries remain exposed to the risks of adverse weather and climate changes. More context sensitive research is needed in developing countries to properly utilize weather and climate forecast information, enhance their coping and adaptation capacities to adverse weather and climate changes and bring them at par with the developed world. In order to institutionalize this research in the context of South Asian region, initial steps are being taken to establish an Institute for Climate and Society Affairs (ICSA) in COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in Islamabad, Pakistan. ICSA will be focused on studying the interactions between climate, weather and society, in the local and regional context of South Asia. To begin with, it is envisaged that ICSA will be active in conducting workshops and seminars on the issues related to climate, weather and societal interactions in South Asian countries. As and if ICSA gains ground, it would be expanded to the capacity level of offering regular interdisciplinary courses and degree programs in this cutting-edge area of research. The center would also house regular and visiting scientists from abroad who would conduct research on climate and societal interactions in South Asia. A planning workshop will be held in Islamabad from November 24-26, 2005 to discuss the scope and feasibility of establishing ICSA. Noted experts from Sri Lanka, Bengladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistan are expected to participate in this workshop.
Participants Asim Zia
Michael Glantz (CCB)
Zafar Adeel (UNU)
Mohsin Jamil (CIIT)
Start Date January 1, 2005
Funders NCAR
Keywords capacity building
technical cooperation
climate affairs
climate and society
developing countries
Research Themes Integrated Science and Regional Applications
Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes


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NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)