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Dr. Faheem Khokhar
Environmental Sciences

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Tel : +9290854308

Climatology/ Remote Sensing

PhD (Experimental Physics Universität Leipzig Germany& Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg Germany) MSc (Space Science), Bachelor (Space Science)



University / Country

Year of Passing




University of Punjab-Pakistan


Space Science

Remote sensing, meteorology


University of Punjab-Pakistan


Space Science

Remote sensing, meteorology, air quality monitoring







University of Leipzig-Germany


Experimental Physics

Satellite remote sensing, Air quality monitoring, Absorption spectroscopy

C-CARGO is a step forward to address critical concerns like heat waves, floods, rising temperatures and their respective consequences. This research group, in collaboration with international partners, plays a vital role in exploring the atmospheric composition over Pakistan, revisiting the existing air quality management procedures, and to help policy makers in developing cost effective and efficient climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in Pakistan.

Setup/Organized Research Laboratories

  • Atmospheric Chemistry Research Lab (ARL) setup at Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. (Operational since November 2012) 
  • Managed the operations of IESE - Mobile Monitoring Lab.
  • Organized Air & Noise Lab of IESE-NUST for both research and teaching purposes. 

Following Instrument were developed under my supervision for Air & Noise Lab to conduct UG lab experiments (working models)

(1)   Cyclone Separator         (2)   Gravity Settler

(3)   Gravity Settler                (4)   Electrostatic precipitators

(5)   Bag house filter              (6)   Semi- automated Solar Water Heater 

(7)   CO2 Arrestor                   (8)   CO2-Bin

(9)    PM10 & PM2.5 samplers

PhD Research Students

Fasiha Safdar 

             Investigating climate change indicators over Pakistan in relation to co2 and radiation flux under AR5 scenario.

Naila Zeb

           Spatio-temporal assessment of carbon monoxide concentrations over Pakistan in relation to climate change.

MS Research Students

Maryam Shiekh: Batch (2014-2016)

Investigating the temporal changes in precipitation and its consequent flooding in Pakistan.

Mussarat Nosheen: Batch (2014-2016)

Observation of seasonal variation and chemical analysis of PM10.

Ali Hassan: Batch (2014-2016)

Spatial and temporal analysis of CO2 over South Asia from 2002 to 2017.

Aimon Tanvir: Batch (2015-2017)

Continuous monitoring if ammonia over south Asia using satellite observations from 2004-11.

Asadullah Shoaib: Batch (2015-2017)

Investigating the diurnal and weekly cycle of formaldehyde by using Max-DOAS observations.

Hamad Khalid: Batch (2015-2017)

Assessment of soil organic carbon in different land uses of scrub forest.

Maryam Sarfraz: Batch (2015-2017)

Spatio-Temporal and Seasonal Analysis of NO2 over Pakistan using Ozone Monitoring Instrument (2004-2016).

Tehreem Mustansar: Batch (2015-2017)

Long-Term Investigation of Aerosols and their Impact on Human Health in the cities of Lahore and Multan.

Ahsan Ali: Batch (2015-2017)

Estimation of NO2 Concentration with in and around Lahore city by using ground based and car max DOAS.

Zunaira Jabeen: Batch (2015-2017)

Estimation of SO2 column densities over Pakistan using OMI satellite data (2004-16).

Osama Sandhu: Batch (2015-2017)

Determining the urban heat island index using satellite & ground based observations over Islamabad.

Recent Publications

  1. Peters, E., Pinardi, G., Seyler, A., Richter, A., Wittrock, F., Bösch, T., Burrows, J. P., Van Roozendael, M., Hendrick, F., Drosoglou, T., Bais, A. F., Kanaya, Y., Zhao, X., Strong, K., Lampel, J., Volkamer, R., Koenig, T., Ortega, I., Piters, A., Puentedura, O., Navarro, M., Gómez, L., Yela González, M., Remmers, J., Wang, Y., Wagner, T., Wang, S., Saiz-Lopez, A., García-Nieto, D., Cuevas, C. A., Benavent, N., Querel, R., Johnston, P., Postylyakov, O., Borovski, A., Elokhov, A., Bruchkouski, I., Liu, C., Hong, Q., Liu, H., Rivera, C., Grutter, M., Stremme, W., Khokhar, M. F., and Khayyam, J.: Investigating differences in DOAS retrieval codes using MAD-CAT campaign data, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 10, 955-978, 2017, doi:10.5194/amt-2016-358, 2017 (IF=2.99)
  2. Haider K, Khokhar M.F, Chishtie F, Khan WR, Hakeem KR. Identification and future description of warming signatures over Pakistan with special emphasis on evolution of CO2 levels and temperature during the first decade of 21st century. Environ Sci Pollut Res. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-8359-5, 2017 (IF=2.76)
  3. Khokhar M.F, Nisar M, Noreen A, Khan WR, Hakeem KR. Investigating the nitrogen dioxide concentrations in the boundary layer by using multi-axis spectroscopic measurements and comparison with satellite observations. Environ Sci Pollut Res. doi:10.1007/s11356-016-7907-3. 2016 (IF=2.76)
  4. M. F. Khokhar, Naweed S.I., Butt J.K., Abbas Z.: Comparative Analysis of Atmospheric Glyoxal Column Densities Retrieved from MAX-DOAS Observations in Pakistan and during MAD-CAT Field Campaign in Mainz, Germany. Atmosphere 2016, 7(5), 68; doi: 10.3390/atmos7050068, 2016 (IF=1.22)
  5. M. F. Khokhar, Mehdi H., Z. Abbas, Z. Javed: " Temporal assessment of NO2 pollution levels in urban centres of Pakistan by employing ground-based and satellite observations” journal of aerosol and air quality research, doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2015.08.0518, vol:16, No. 8: 1854–1867, 2016, 2016 (IF=2.39)
  6. M. F. Khokhar, Yasmin N., F. Chishtie, I. Shahid: Temporal variability and characterization of aerosols across the Pakistan region during the winter fog periods. atmosphere-122978 Journal of atmosphere, Atmosphere 2016, 7(5), 67; doi:10.3390/atmos7050067, 2016 (IF=1.22)
  7. Yasmin N., M. F. Khokhar, S. Tanveer, Z. Saqib, W. R. Khan: dynamical assessment of vegetation trends over margalla hills national park by using MODIS vegetation indices, Pakistan journal of Agricultural sciences, Pak. J. Agri. Sci., Vol. 53(4), PakJAS, id:3759, (in press) 2016 (IF=1.049)
  8. Khokhar M. F., N. Fatima, N. Yasmin, S. Beirle, T. Wagner: “Detection of trends and seasonal variation in tropospheric Nitrogen Dioxide over Pakistan " journal of aerosol and air quality research, Volume 15, No. 7, December 2015, Pages 2508-2524, doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2015.03.0157, 2015, (IF=2.39)
  9. Khokhar M. F., T. Khalid, N. Yasmin. I. Desmedt: Spatio-Temporal analyses of formaldehyde over Pakistan by using SCIAMACHY and GOME-2 observations. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Volume 15, No. 5, October 2015, Pages 1760-1773, 2015, (IF=2.39)
  10. Abbas. J. M. F. Khokhar, M. Arshad:  Monitoring Formaldehyde Concentration Over Islamabad Using Ground Based And Satellite Observations. Submitted to Journal of Space technology JST Vol.5 Issue No.1 ISSN 2077-3099 (HEC recognized for “Y” category), 2015.
  11. Khan W. R. M. F. Khokhar, S. Munawwar, Yasmin N., M.N. Rajpar, Q. Panhawar:  Assessing the context of REDD+ in Murree hills forest of Pakistan. Advances in Environmental Biology, 9(6) Special 2015, Pages: 15-20, ISSN-1995-0756, 2015
  12. Shabbir, Y., M. F. Khokhar, R. Shaiganfar, T. Wagner: Spatial variance and assessment of nitrogen dioxide pollution in major cities of Pakistan along N5-highway". Journal of environmental sciences., 2015, (IF=2.20)
  13. Munawar Sana, Khokhar Fahim, Atif Salman. 2015. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation implementation in northern Pakistan. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Journal.  Vol(102) pages316-323, 10.1016/j.ibiod.2015.02.027, 2015 (IF=2.42)
  14. Zafar M., M. Arshad, M. F. Khokhar: assessment of particulate matter (pm10) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons levels at various sites in Faisalabad and their potential toxicity. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., Vol. 52(1); ISSN (Online) 2076-0906, 2015 (IF=1.34)
  15. Khattak P., M. F. Khokhar, N. Yasmin: Spatio - Temporal Analyses of atmospheric sulfur dioxide column densities over Pakistan by using SCIAMACHY data, Volume 14, No. 7, December 2014, Pages 1883-1896 ISSN: 1680-8584 print / 2075-1410 online, doi:10.4210/aaqr.2013.12.0357, 2014,(IF=2.66)
  16. Khattak P., M. F. Khokhar, S. Khan: Trans-boundary SO2 Pollution detected over Pakistan from satellite Observation during 2004-2012, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Volume 14, No. 6, October 2014, Pages 1543-1557 ISSN: 1680-8584 print / 2071-1409 online, 2014 (IF=2.66)
International Conferences
  1. CESE-2014 International Conference on the "Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering” 12-16 October 2014, Johor Bahru, Malaysia: “Identifying the potential sites for REDD+ implementation in Northern Pakistan”, oral presentation
  2. ICS-2014, International Conference on Space by SUPPARCO from 12-14 November 2014 at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad:” Exploring the Atmospheric Chemistry in the Skies of Pakistan by Exploiting Satellite and MAX-DOAS Observations” , oral presentation
  3. ICIMOD planning meeting on 27-28 November, 2014, in Kathmandu Nepal, to discuss plans for a pilot study this coming winter (2014-15) and a full-scale field study during the following winter (2015-16).  
  4. 6th   Meeting of The South and Central Asia MAB Network (SACAM), on Impact Of Climate Change On Natural  Ecosystems from 3-5 December at Islamabad:” Exploring the Atmospheric Composition over Pakistan in the Context of Climate Change”, oral presentation
  5. 4th Pakistan Mountain Festival, an advocacy and public awareness flagship festival, at Islamabad from 10-15 December 2014: “Climate Change and the Nexus of Mountains, Water and Atmosphere”, oral presentation
  6. 3rd PAS-CAS Bi-National Conference from 20-22 December 2014 at Pakistan Academy of Sciences: “Monitoring the Concentrations of Various GHG and Reactive gases in the Skies of Pakistan by Exploiting Satellite Observations”, oral presentation
  7. SPARC Capacity Development Strategy Workshop, 10 – 11 January 2015, Granada, Spain. SPARC – related activities in South Asia and Role of Academia in Pakistan, oral presentation 
  8. EGU 2015: European Geosciences Union General Assembly: 12 – 17 Apr. 2015 Vienna, Austria.  Estimation of NO2 emissions from Lahore and Rawalpindi / Islamabad using Car MAX-DOAS observations and comparison with OMI satellite data, poster presentation
  9. 2nd Workshop on Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Summer Monsoon (ACAM), 08-10 June, 2015 Bangkok, Thailand (oral presentation)
  10. 13th International Conference on Atmospheric Sciences and Applications to Air Quality (ASAAQ13), 11-13 Nov.2015 Kobe Japan. "Exploring the long-term trends of atmospheric composition
  11. over Pakistan by exploiting satellite observation “Oral presentation and 7 posters.

  12. EGU 2016: European Geosciences Union General Assembly: 17 – 22 May 2016 Vienna, Austria.  Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Winter Fog Episodes over South Asia by Exploiting Ground-based and Satellite Observations, poster presentation and oral presentation titled as “Estimation of NOx emissions from the Megacity of Lahore, Pakistan using car MAX-DOAS observations and comparison with OMI satellite data”
Courses Tought
  • Climate Change
  • Energy and Environment
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Air & Noise Pollution Control
  • RS & GIS Applications in Environment  ​
Assistant Professor                                                                         since Jan. 2012
Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE)
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Post Doctorate                                                                                Feb.08 - Dec. 2011
Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS)                                               
Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris, France
Post Doctorate                                                                                Oct.06 - Jan. 2008
Institute for Environmental Physics (IUP)                                                                                                          
Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg Germany