Talk37 Impact of Climate Change on Water Quality: A case study of the Kabul River Basin

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

Abstract

Safe and clean water is essential for healthy life. However, due to increasing pressure of population growth, urbanization and lack of sanitation water contamination has become rampant. Microbiological contaminants are the leading cause of waterborne diseases like diarrhea, which is the third leading cause of death globally. LEAD Pakistan is hosting an interactive session on Climate Change and Water Resources: Kabul River Basin by as part of its series on Managing Shared Basins. The guest speaker, Dr. Shahid Iqbal, will highlight the impact of climate change on the quality of surface water particularly in the context of the Kabul River Basin. Climate change induced extreme precipitation may increase emissions to surface water through an increased amount of sewer overflows and manure runoff from the land. Increased precipitation may also increase the dilution and therefore reduce the surface water concentrations. The talk will discuss the comprehensive scenario analysis applied to the Kabul River Basin to assess the mutual impact of socio-economic and climate change variables on its water quality.

Dr. Shahid Iqbal is currently working as Assistant professor at Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad, visiting faculty at UET Peshawar and as a Climate and Water Expert with CRSC, ADB and others. He has carried out Climate Change impact assessment on water resources and hydro climatic modeling for the Kabul River Basin under his Post-Doc at Wageningen UR, the Netherlands and secured his PhD degree in Environmental Systems Analysis from Wageningen University NL.

Dr. Iqbal also worked on several Hydrological and climate change related projects and studies, produced several international journal publications, and been working as reviewer in the field of hydro-climatology for six well-reputed international journals.

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