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ICIMOD, PARC organize workshop on remote sensing, snow monitoring

08:25 PM | 15 Mar, 2022
ICIMOD, PARC organize workshop on remote sensing, snow monitoring
Source: @Alpine_Pakistan (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – The Cryosphere Initiative of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has collaborated with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) to organize a training workshop on remote sensing and field-based glacier and snow monitoring in Pakistan.

 The training workshop led by Sher Muhammad, Remote Sensing Specialist – ICIMOD, started on March 14 and concludes on March 17.

At least 34 participants from 22 different partner organizations, institutes, and universities are participating in the workshop while over 550 applications were received from interested candidates, of which, 17 applicants were selected, and the remaining participants were invited from partner institutes.

The trainees will be capacitated in cryosphere monitoring in the HKH region, understanding the results and implications of glaciers change, and publish peer reviewed articles on remote sensing and glacier and snow monitoring in future.

Pema Gyamtsho, DG, ICIMOD and Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Chairman, PARC will address the workshop participants in the inaugural session.

ICIMOD conducts national (Pakistan-specific) and regional training on glacier monitoring in collaboration with local partners with continuous observations every year. ICIMOD aims to build the capacity of students and professionals, especially in those parts of the region where glacier and snow monitoring is limited.

“A number of datasets and tools are freely available but there is limited capacity of researchers in Pakistan on glacier monitoring using such available data,” according to the training focal person Sher Muhammad.

He further said, “To overcome this issue, ICIMOD has launched a capacity building program for early career researchers and students in Pakistan since 2019. Glacier monitoring using remote sensing images and field-based data is equally important for accurate glacier monitoring. Such data should be shared with relevant stakeholders and decision-makers to assess water availability and vulnerability to glacier-related hazards.”

The main objective of the training is to strengthen the capacity of participants on the monitoring of glaciers, glacial lakes and snow, and assessing downstream impacts using in-situ and remote sensing techniques and hands-on practice. It will enable the participants to generate and analyse data independently.

The training focuses on observing snow cover and glacier extent using various remote sensing classification techniques and analysis using R-software. The training will also cover an introduction to freely available remote sensing elevation datasets for mass balance estimation.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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