10 June 2014
RSRG's Urban Heat Island work to be exhibited at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The Grand Opening of the Exhibition has been scheduled at 4pm on 10th June.

Sawaid Abbas



Mr Sawaid Abbas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his master's degree in Remote Sensing and GIS and bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Physics and Space Science from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, respectively. His research interests include Landscape ecology, Climate Change and Remote Sensing.

Mr Abbas has been awarded a number of prizes and scholarships including John A Hrones Prize for the most outstanding graduate in Remote Sensing and GIS, School of Engineering and Technology (Asian Institute of Technology), Japanese government scholarship for MS in Remote Sensing and GIS (Asian Institute of Technology) and Gold Medal in M.Sc. Space Science (University of the Punjab, Pakistan).

Mr Abbas has worked as a Remote sensing analyst at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Pakistan from 2008 to 2011, and visiting faculty member at University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan in 2009 - 2011.



Journal Papers

Sawaid Abbas, Faisal Mueen Qame, Ghaffar Ali, Nitin Kumar Tripathi, Khurram Shehzad, Rashid Saleem, Hammad Gilani. 2013. An assessment of status and distribution of mangrove forest cover in Pakistan. Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES), Vol. 3, No. 6, p. 64-78.

Faisal Mueen Qamer, Sawaid Abbas, Rashid Saleem, Khurram Shehzad,Hassan Ali, Hammad Gilani, 2012, Forest cover change assessment in conflict-affected areas of northwest Pakistan: the case of swat and shangla districts, Journal of Mountain Science,Volume 9, Number 3, Pages 297-306

Ghaffar Ali, Vilas Nitivattananon, Sawaid Abbas, Muazzam Sabir, 2012, Green waste to biogas: Renewable energy possibilities for Thailand's green markets, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 16, Issue 7, Pages 5423–5429

Ghaffar Ali, Vilas Nitivattananon, Hamid Mehmood, Muazzam Sabir, Sana-ur-Rehman Sheikh, Sawaid Abbas, 2013. A synthesis approach to investigate and validate carbon sources and sinks of a mega city of developing country, Environmental Development.

Ghaffar Ali and Sawaid Abbas. 2013. Exploring CO2 sources and sinks nexus through integrated approach; insight from Pakistan. Accepted for publication in Journal of Environmental Informatics

Conference Papers / Abstracts

Ali, H., U. Akram, S. Abbas, M.S. Ahmed, F.M. Qamer, R. Saleem, A.A. Chaudhry, M. Nagai and M.N. Awan. (2012). Use of Geospatial Technology for Habitat Evaluation of Western Tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus) in selected areas of AJK, Pakistan (Abstract). In: 32nd Pakistan Congress of Zoology (International). March 6 - 8, 2012. Lahore, Pakistan. p. 273. Abstract # FEWFM 56.

S. Abbas, F. M. Qamer, N. Hussain, R. Saleem, K.T. Nitin (2011). NATIONAL LEVEL ASSESSMENT OF MANGROVE FOREST COVER IN PAKISTAN. In ISPRS Proceedings (Digital) Earth Observation for Terrestrial Ecosystems, ISPRS Archives XXXVIII- 8/W20.

Ali, H., Grimmett, R., Asraf, S., Khan, U., Saleem, R., Abbas, S. and Akram, U. (2011). Diversity and Distribution of Avifauna in Pakistan (Abstract). In: National Symposium on Biodiversity of Pakistan. June 7 – 9, 2011. Islamabad, Pakistan. p. 48. Abstract # 84.

S. Abbas, F. M. Qamer, A. D. Rana, N. Hussain, R. Saleem (2010). Application of object based image analysis for forest cover assessment of moist temperate Himalayan forest in Pakistan. In: ISPRS Proceedings (digital) of Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA 2010), Vol. XXXVIII-4/C7, 29 June – 2 July 2010, Ghent (Belgium); ed. by Addink, E.A. & F.M.B. Van Coillie.

H. Ali, R. Saleem, F. M. Qamer, A. W. Khan, S. Abbas, K. Gunasekara, M. Hazarika, S. M. Ahmed, M. Akhtar (2010). Habitat Evaluation of Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale Perspicillata) in Indus Plains of Pakistan using Remote Sensing and GIS. In: Proceedings of ISPRS Technical Commission VIII Symposium, 9 – 12 August 2010, Kyoto, Japan.)

F. M. Qamer, U. Akram, H. Ali, R. Saleem, S. Abbas, S.M. Raza (2010). Pakistan Wetlands Inventory data portal – an integrated GIS tool for the Wetlands knowledge and management. International Symposium Benefiting from Earth Observation: Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region. 4 - 6 October 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Shah, F. M. Qamer, G. Khan, H. Gilani, H. Ali, N. Hussain, R. Saleem, S. Asif, S. Abbas (2009). Land cover mapping of the Central Karakoram National Park.