Expert for continuous observations of glaciers to mitigate hazards
Ganderbal: Department of Students Welfare (DSW), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Tuesday organised a lecture, “Climate change, weather disruptions and GLOF hazard in northwest Himalaya” by Dr. Irfan Rashid, Coordinator, Sr Asst Prof. Deptt of Geo-Informatics, University of Kashmir.
Dr. Irfan Rashid presented the glacier changes in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh using satellite remote-sensing data. He said that these glaciers were losing mass, rather than gaining. He recommended ground-based observations of glaciers to deal with glacier-related hazards. This will help manage water resources for different applications such as agriculture, hydropower, and households. “Continuous glacier changes and observations should be coordinated with stakeholders and decision makers for water availability and vulnerability to glacier related hazards,” he said while addressing students of various departments and faculty members. He suggested that people should call their leaders to demand that they take urgent action to combat the climate crisis. These include strengthening policies and plans to minimize disaster risks.
Prof. Muhammad Yousuf, Dean School of Life Sciences, spoke on the occasion. He stated that the world’s greenhouse gases continue to rise at an alarming rate, making it vulnerable to future warming. “Rising global temperatures are fuelling devastating extreme weather throughout the world and in Jammu and Kashmir, with spiraling impacts on economies and health of people,” he said. “We can definitely stop climate change. The government should make efforts to manage industrial waste, protect existing forests, and prioritise tree planting. The industries contributing to air pollution should not be allowed,” he added.
Prof. Mehraj Ud Din Shah, Dean of Students Welfare, stated in his welcome speech that human influence has warmed the ocean, land, and atmosphere. “Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere and ocean have occurred. Human-induced climate change is already increasing the frequency and intensity of many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe,” he said and called for strict implementation of rules and regulations to check the pollution emanating from industries. The lecture was followed by questions and interaction from students.
Dr. Latief Khaaliq, Nunar Campus was the Deputy DSW. Dr. Asif Khan proposed a vote of thanks.