‘An International Climate Change Research Centre; the need of the hour for Sri Lanka’

Sri Lanka was battered many a time in the past by Mother Nature. As citizens of this beautiful island, we have bitter memories of calamities such as the 2004 December 26th tsunami and droughts/flooding during recent times. Findings of many recent scientific studies point to a globally changing, erratic climatic patterns and exacerbated occurrences of extreme atmospheric events (EAEs). The notion that human activity such as uncontrolled green-house gas (GHG) emissions aggravates the climate change and its consequences is a widespread consensus amongst the scientific community. Hence, predicting and if possible, alleviating the extent of damage caused by such extreme climatic events will do immense good to the masses of Sri Lanka. To this end, the role of a fully functional and dedicated research centre for Climatic Sciences would be colossal. In this context, the commissioning of an apex climate research centre in Sri Lanka is of high national importance because hitherto, no such research centre exists in Sri Lanka that is capable of conducting high-quality research on aspects such as EAEs, hydrological flow-patterns and impacts of emissions on the climate.

Considering the national need for a high-quality climate change research centre for Sri Lanka, the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) has taken the initiative to form such a centre with the fullest support and assistance from national and international partners. As a public-funded government institution, the ITI garners the support from the relevant ministry (Ministry of Higher Education and Research) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the establishment of the envisaged research centre. The main international partner for the research centre is the Commission on Science and Technology for sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS). In addition, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will also be a main international partner providing support and technical know-how for the establishment of the envisaged research centre. When established, the planned international climate change research centre will be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. It would feature cutting-edge research facilities to conduct research in the areas of extreme atmospheric phenomena, mathematical modelling and prediction of climate change, hydrological flow/rainfall patterns, impacts of emissions on the climate and allied research fields. The centre would also facilitate the inter-institutional, international knowledge-transfer process by the exchange of academics, research students and technical experts between relevant local and international institutions.

An international symposium titled “Impacts of Extreme Atmospheric Events on Geo-surface in a Changing Climate”, organized by the ITI will be held on the 14th – 15th of May 2015, at the Hotel Galadari, This symposium will mark the initial colloquium for the commissioning of the aforesaid international research centre. This international event will feature technical sessions from many eminent experts in the fields of climatic and atmospheric sciences. An MOU pertaining to the establishment of the research centre and inter-institutional international knowledge-transfer will be signed between the ITI and the International Centre for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES) during the symposium.

The ITI welcomes all interested persons, institutions and representations by the private sector to partake in this prestigious international symposium

Date – 14th – 15th of May 2015, Venue – Galadari Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Symposium fee – LKR 12,000 per person, Contact person – Eng. W.R.K Fonseka, Industrial Technology Institute, 363, Bauddhaloka Mw, Colombo 07, Contact Telephone – +94-11-2379800

emissions on the climate and allied research fields. The centre would also facilitate the inter-institutional, international knowledge-transfer process by the exchange of academics, research students and technical experts between relevant local and international institutions.

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