Drought Monitor by NDMC, Pakistan Meteorological Department

National Drought Monitoring Centre (NDMC), Islamabad is serving the nation as a hub for the collection, consolidation and analysis of drought related data from all possible sources in the country; preparing and disseminating monthly drought bulletins & moisture stresses based on various indices; advising government agencies on drought related matters including drought declaration, and conducting research on drought related issues and development of statistical models for improved drought prediction.

Drought Watch corner displays outlook maps and graphs on following important parameters, at national and  regional level as appropriate:

  • Drought Monitor
  • Precipitation
  • Standardized Precipitation Index
  • Soil Moisture Outlook
  • Rain Percentage Anomaly Change
  • Percentage Departure Of Rainfall
  • Cumulative Precipitation Anomaly
  • Soil Moisture Anomaly
  • Water Availability Forecast
  • Rainfall Analysis
  • Length Of Dry Period
  • Drought Hazard Map
  • Drought Frequency Map

Few of these data products are being illustrated here:

NDMC leverages Land surface temperature (°C), Normalized Difference Vegetation Index: NDVI) and Temperature Vegetation Dryness Index as powerful satellite driven indices for monitoring Earth’s surface, overcoming limitations associated with traditional weather station data. These indices enhance understanding of environmental processes and improve resilience. The estimates are made available on NDMC website link: https://ndmc.pmd.gov.pk/new/satellite-indices.php

The availability of weekly, monthly, and quarterly drought bulletins issued by the NDMC is also a valuable resource for monitoring and managing drought conditions. These bulletins provide essential information to stakeholders, policymakers, and the public. By offering insights into drought severity, trends, and potential impacts, they contribute to informed decision-making and preparedness efforts. Once you locate the bulletins, you can download them in pdf format.

As we commemorate World Environment Day 2024 with the theme Land restoration, desertification and drought resilience; it is important to acknowledge the existence and contribution of NDMC Pakistan. However, it is suggested to enhance the outreach of multiple drought related products. It is envisaged that provision of spatio-temporal map products and their statistics in user friendly formats (like *.csv, *.jason, *.geotiff, *.shp etc.) is vital. It would help students and researchers to easily integrate diverse interrelated and interdependent geospatial datasets; develop dynamic data driven products and models, holistic drought monitoring and hazard assessment tools, and drought resilience index calculator etc. at local, national, regional and global scales.

Source: https://ndmc.pmd.gov.pk/new/outlooks.php?p=drought-hazard-map

GIS Service Maps for Municipalities of Punjab Province, Pakistan

GIS Municipal Services Maps serve as powerful tools for enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of urban governance and service delivery. They enable evidence-based decision-making, promote civic engagement, and contribute to the overall quality of life in cities and municipalities.

With this realization, Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company (PMDFC), Government of Punjab has harnessed GIS technology to meet their goal “Help Build Healthy Cities”. The GIS-based service maps are regularly developed and disseminated under the Punjab Cities Program (PCP) to support planning officers of 16 municipal corporations/committees within Punjab province namely: Bahawalnagar, Burewala, Daska, Gojra, Hafizabad, Jaranwala, Jhang, Jhelum, Kamalia, Kamoke, Khanewal, KotAddu, Muridke, Okara, Vehari and Wazirabad. Here are few screenshots of the original website:

To date GIS thematic maps including base map, roads and chowks; solid waste management; sewerage; street lights; parks, water supply, approved schemes of these targeted MCs are available online for time period 2023-2024, 2022-2023 and 2021-2022 in pdf format (Source: https://pmdfc.punjab.gov.pk/gis-map-16_cities-pcp).

It is noteworthy that Local Government & Community Development (LG & CD) Department also has representation in Board of Directors (BoDs) of PMDFC.

It’s great to have these detailed maps that cover such diverse thematic nature from connectivity to water works to solid waste management to approved future developments etc. within municipality. However, it would be great if such donor funded projects make the GIS data available in open domain to support researchers and stakeholders. In some cases, there is a significant need to improve the cartographic and vector data quality. PakistanGIS user may use the data as provided. These maps will be available at http://geonode.pakistangis.org/ as well.

Geonode Setup for PakistanGIS

Dear Members, Volunteers and Supporters of Pakistan GIS!

ASalam o Alaikum!

It gives us immense pleasure to share that by the grace of Allah and support of friends, we have finally set up the Geonode for PakistanGIS; a completely open source geospatial data repository (https://www.geonode.pakistangis.org/). We are in the process of uploading datasets which we have got in the last 10 years. You are also most welcomed to join and share your wonderful works and experiences.I, once again want to thank my friends who helped us in setting up the system and gave their valuable time to facilitate the process.

Best of luck to Pakistan.

May Allah accept our small contribution for the betterment of society.

Corona Spread in Lahore

This map is based on the data of patients admitted to the following hospital and represent the cases till 30 March 2020:
Bahria Hospital,
Childern Hospital
Ganga Ram Hospital
General Hospital
Jinnah Hospital
Mayo Hospital
National Hospital
PKLI Hospital
Services Hospital
Shahdara Teaching Hospital
Sheikh Zaid Hospital
Social Security Hospital

Map of Katchi Abadis, Lahore

Junaid Hussain has created this map of Kachi Abadis in Lahore. Image attached contains list and Location of Declared and Un-Declared Kachi Abadis in Lahore with approximate number of units.

The maps shows the declared and un-declared katachi abadis as per LDA record 2011-2012.

Urban Areas in Pakistan

Every census defines Urban areas in its own way. Recently, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has issue the latest listing and map of the declared urban areas in Pakistan. As per the new list, there are 624 urban areas all over the country.
PBS has prepared and shared some addtional maps as well. Their high quality versions may be obtained from the links below:

QGIS 2.8 is ready for download


As per the official website of QGIS , updated version QGIS 2.8 has been released and is ready for download in the QGIS  download page.

The Official Changelog for QGIS page says:

This is a special release since it is designated an ‘LTR’ (Long Term Release). It will be supported with backported bug fixes for one year, and will be in permanent feature freeze (i.e. no new features will be added, only bug fixes and trivial updates).

The purpose of this releases is to provide a stable and less frequently changing platform for enterprises and organisations that do not want to deal with updating user skills, training materials etc. more than once per year.

QGIS 2.8 is also a special release because it includes so many great new features, tweaks and enhancements to make the most popular Free desktop GIS even more feature filled and useful.


For more detail about new features, visit this link and to download the QGIS 2.8, this is the official download page.

Google Earth Pro is now Free of Cost

From 30th Jan 2015, Google Earth Pro has been made available for free, earlier it was $400 per year. In order to get a free license key you may click here and download Earth Pro today. As compared to the normal free version, it allows the following additional functions:

  • Advanced Measurements: Measure land with polygon area measure, or determine affected radius with circle measure.
  • High-resolution printing: Print Images up to 4800×3200 px resolution.
  • Exclusive Pro data layers: Demographics, parcels, and traffic count for US only
  • Spreadsheet Import: Import up to 2500 addresses at a time, assigning placemarks and style templates in bulk.
  • GIS import: Visualize ESRI shapefiles (.shp) and MapInfo (.tab) files.
  • Movie-Maker: Export Windows Media and Quicktime HD movies, up to 1920×1080 resolution.

A comparative analysis of Free and Pro functions is given below:


Understanding Geographic Information Systems (5th Training Course)

PakistanGIS is offering GIS training courses for beginners interested in learning concepts and applications of GIS in different spheres of life. “Understanding Geographic Information Systems” is an introductory training being organized for students and professionals who stand at primary level in the field of GIS and want to enhance their learning about the subject.

This course is a perfect mix of theoretical and practical sessions particularly designed for people who are looking for their capacity enhancement in evening time in Islamabad.

Contact Details: naeem.malik@pakistangis.org
0334 65 69 580
0313 86 12 758
Office 1&2, First Floor, G15 Markaz, Islamabad, Pakistan 
Dates and Timings:
20-24 October 2014
Timings will be updated.
Registration Fee:
Rs. 7000 PKR
See Training Schedule>>  

At the end of training you will be having knowledge about:

  1. Basic concepts and applications of GIS
  2. Components and functions of GIS
  3. Vector and Raster Data sets
  4. What are different softwares commonly used in the field of GIS?
  5. How to install ArcGIS?
  6. Getting started with ArcGIS, ArcCataloge, ArcMap and ArcToolbox
  7. How to prepare map using existing GIS data?
  8. How to create your own GIS data?
  9. Preparing print ready map layouts and maps printing