About Remote Sensing, GIS and Climatic Research Lab, University of the Punjab
The emerging demand of GIS and Space Applications for Climate Change studies for the socio-economic development of Pakistan along with Government of Pakistan Vision 2025, Space Vision 2047 of National Space Agency of Pakistan, and achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) impelled the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) to establish Remote Sensing, GIS and Climatic Research Lab (RSGCRL) at University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
RSGCRL is linked to several SDGs such as SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 10 Reduced Inequality, SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 14 Life Below Water, SDG 15 Life on Land, and SDG 17 Partnerships to achieve the Goal.
Application domains of the Lab
The research and development activities at RSGCRL are mainly focused on following major areas and serious challenges faced by Pakistan by using latest tools, technologies, and scientific approaches related to GIS and Space Applications:
- To monitor atmospheric reactive and green-house gases, their transport, and assess their impact on climate change.
- Urban planning with particular emphasis on solid waste management, gases emissions and their impact on ecology, and environmental bio-thermal hazards.
- To assess the Land-use/Landcover (LULC) changes, water crises, and their impact on climate change.
- To monitor natural and anthropogenic aerosols, track transboundary aerosols, and assess their radiative impact on climate change.