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Public Statements on the Cross-Strait Collaboration Agreements on Meteorology and Seismological Monitoring between SEF and ARATS (Central Weather Bureau)

  • Date:2014-02-25

Source: Central Weather Bureau

In consideration that it is highly necessary for a corporate effort in securing lives and properties of both sides against natural disasters, the issue of Cross-Strait cooperation on seismic monitoring has been highlighted in the Eighth Chiang-Chen Talks in August 2012 between the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) of Mainland China and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) of Taiwan. A further step was achieved in the Ninth Round High-Level Talks in June 2013, with incorporating the proposed Cross-Strait collaboration in meteorology and seismic monitoring into negotiations over the Tenth Round Talk. With the assistance of the ARATS and the SEF and through close liaison during 2013, the two sides eventually have reached an agreement on meteorological and seismic monitoring partnerships and been scheduled to complete the signing on February 27, 2014.

The agreement marks an open, ground-breaking and productive working relationship between the two National Meteorological Services; as Mainland China and Taiwan are close neighboring and prone to severe impacts of heavy rain, typhoon, and other hazardous weather events, furthermore, complementary strengths oftentimes appear in weather monitoring and forecasting operations of this region, such partnership will therefore enhance experience-sharing and knowledge-exchange on scientific and technological development, and effectively promote monitoring and early warning capabilities of extreme weather events as well as surrounding massive earthquakes, to better prepare against and respond to potential hazards.

The dominant atmospheric circulations and the resulting weather systems for Mainland China and Taiwan are the same ones all over the year, with only difference of upstream/downstream section—in summer, Taiwan is situated over an upstream location of subtropical-high and typhoons, which are originated from the ocean (in south); while in wintertime, cold surges and frontal systems moving from the continent (north) bring us as a downstream area in contrast to the Mainland over the weather system. And in case a massive earthquake nearby, people of both sides can be influenced immediately and experience threat from the shaking.

On the basis of the Cross-Strait meteorological and seismic monitoring cooperative agreements, weather information and real-time seismic data will be more accurately and more promptly transmitted between the two sides upon occurrence of hazardous weather systems and extensive earthquake events to facilitate the timeliness and accuracy in operational requirement of both sides. In addition, periodic exchanges and distributions of seismic monitoring-related popular science materials will be conducted to promote disaster mitigation outreach efforts in both sides.

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