Workshop Develops Method for Downscaling Climate Data in the Upper Indus Basin

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The ICIMOD Pakistan Office, in collaboration with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), organized one-day workshop on ‘Generation of High-Resolution Climate Fields for Upper Indus Basin (UIB) Research’ on 13 December in Islamabad. The objective of the workshop was to develop methodology for generation of a high-quality meteorological forcing dataset for the UIB by merging existing gridded datasets and high-altitude climate observations from station data collected by the PMD and WAPDA. Around 20 participants attended the workshop.

The workshop began with the opening remarks by Arif Mahmood, Director General, PMD. Dr Ghulam Rasul, Chief Meteorologist, PMD discussed the workshop aims and objectives. Daniyal Hashmi, WAPDA, Arthur Friedrick, Future Water, and Dr Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD shared their experience in climate data downscaling. Dr Rasul facilitated the discussions and deliberations on the methodology of downscaling.