KU brainstorms Earth System-Society Linkages on Earth Day

SRINAGAR: On the eve of the Earth Day 2013, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Kashmir is organizing a series of activities in the Valley to create awareness about scientific, social and economic aspects of the Earth System.

The inaugural session of the Earth Day 2013 was held today in the University campus which was later followed by a brainstorming technical session on the theme titled “Research Strategies for understanding Earth System Science and its linkages with society”.

The inaugural session was presided over by Prof. Shakil A Romshoo, Head Department of Earth Sciences and was attended by various heads of Departments, faculty members from various Departments of KU, research scholars and students.

While presiding over the inaugural session, Prof. Shakil Romshoo gave an overview of the frontier areas of research in Earth Sciences and showcased how the University is involved in cutting edge research in the field of Earth Sciences in partnership with national and international research institutes.

He emphasized the need for strengthening these collaborative efforts so that the benefits of the advancement in the field of Science and Technology are delivered to the community.

Later a brainstorming plenary session among invited participants from the academia, government and the civil society was held to discuss various aspects of the Earth System Science mainly focusing on the science and societal linkages.

29 papers were presented in the technical session with diverse themes related to Himalayan Cryosphere, Disaster management, Water Resources, Urbanization, Pollution, Climate Change, Hydrometeorology, Energy crisis and land system changes.

In light of the rapid changes in population, land system, economy, energy patterns and housing, the panelists and the speakers provided various ideas on how to develop a sustainable model for protection of the Mother Earth. 

Besides, participants from different Govt. agencies, civil society, and media attended the inaugural and the technical session of the Earth Day. 

The Earth Day events shall continue till 01 May, 2013 and there will be debates, painting/poster competition, and campus cleaning day during the week.

The valedictory and Prize distribution function shall be organized in the Gandhi Bhavan, University campus on 1st May, 2013.

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