Avit has joined SRC as an EarthDoc, i.e. a Postdoc of Earth League alliance. He is affiliated to the Planetary Boundaries research group and network, and actively involved in the “Earth Lander” project. He also holds a Guest Lecturer position at University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.
Currently, Avit is studying environmental and social tipping processes, and their interactions with each other. Within the framework of Earth Lander, Avit, with other EarthDocs, intends to identify the social tipping elements (regional and global) instrumental for achieving decarbonization by 2050. He is also interested in fundamental changes in societies and social collapses as a consequence of environmental non-linearities, such as. climate extreme events, alarming biodiversity loss, and equity issues of great acceleration. He applies empirical, interdisciplinary and cross-scale approaches in his research.
Avit promotes open-science by developing and distributing open-source models and software. He is currently involved in the core development of “World Earth” model within the Earth League, which facilitates the modelling of global and cross-scale social-ecological systems. He is an ad-hoc reviewer of several journals dedicated to publish original research on global environmental dynamics, such as Global Ecology and Biogeography, International Journal of Climatology and Journal of Environmental Informatics.
Avit holds a Phd in Environmental Science (spatial ecotoxicology) from the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, and a MSc degree in Geospatial Technologies (climate variability modelling) from the joint European universities “Erasmus Mundus” program. He has a strong background in data science and spatially explicit modelling by employing Geographic Information Science and Systems, and Spatial Statistics. He has hands on expertise in developing scientific algorithms, management of big data and data-servers, and co-interfacing software packages for filling environmental data-gaps and spatiotemporal pattern recognitions in environmental processes.
He has five years of experience in teaching and supervising Master's and PhD level courses and theses on spatially explicit modelling and large scale spatial analyses of environmental problems. He has organized several workshops and tutorials in international conferences and summer academies on automated spatial analyses of big data.
Avit has been actively involved in the European Space Agency (ESA) supported “Coupled Atmosphere Biosphere Virtual Laboratory” project since February, 2016, which provides empirical supports to policy makers and instruments regarding social-ecological dynamics. Moreover, since the beginning of 2016, Avit has been actively involved in the endeavours of several international networks, which are concerned of global dynamics and sustainability issues, i.e. Analysis, Integration and Modelling of the Earth System (AIMES), Future Earth, and the World in 2050 project from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He is also involved with many international unions, which promotes research activities on earth system dynamics and environmental pollution, such as European Geosciences Union (EGU) and Society of Ecotoxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
Avit is a photographer of environmental dynamics and problems, resilience and equity issues. Visit his Flickr page to explore his photos.
Awards and achievements:
F. Aktar, MSc candidate
Research news | 2018-02-28
How ongoing use of banned chemicals and extensive deforestation now haunts northern Pakistan, leaving population prone to serious health issues
Research news | 2017-10-12
Stockholm Resilience Centre acts as impact partner for their Global Solutions Program
Research news | 2017-06-09
Researchers alarmed by levels of chemical pollution in water and soil in both developed and developing countries
Research news | 2017-05-10
Rapid urban expansion leaves Indian megacity Chennai without essential ecosystem services
2018 - Journal / article
In the current study, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in outdoor dustfall was monitored for the first time along the Indus river system of Pakistan. Among the studied OCPs (ng/g, dry weight), DDTs (0.16–62) were the predominant contaminants identified in deposited dust followed by HCHs (0.1–10.2), HCB (0.09–7.4) and chlordanes (0.1–2.8). The indicative diagnostic ratio for DDTs and HCHs suggested recent emission of DDTs a...
2017 - Journal / article
Mining for resources extraction may lead to geological and associated environmental changes due to ground movements, collision with mining cavities, and deformation of aquifers. Geological changes may continue in a reclaimed mine area, and the deformed aquifers may entail a breakdown of substrates and an increase in ground water tables, which may cause surface area inundation. Consequently, a reclaimed mine area may experience...
2017 - Journal / article
Urban sprawl (US), propelled by rapid population growth leads to the shrinkage of productive agricultural lands and pristine forests in the suburban areas and, in turn, adversely affects the provision of ecosystem services. The quantification of US is thus crucial for effective urban planning and environmental management. Like many megacities in fast growing developing countries, Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu and one of t...
2016 - Journal / article
Mercury (Hg) contamination of environment is a major threat to human health in developing countries like Pakistan. Human populations, particularly children, are continuously exposed to Hg contamination via dust particles due to the arid and semi-arid climate. However, a country wide Hg contamination data for dust particles is lacking for Pakistan and hence, human populations potentially at risk is largely unknown. We provide t...