The Central Weather Bureau comprises four Divisions, and the Research and Development Center, apart from the administration departments in its headquarters. In addition, the affiliates include: the Weather Forecast Center, the Meteorological Satellite Center, the Meteorological Information Center, the Seismological Center, the Meteorological Instruments Center, the Marine Meteorology Center, the Southern Region Weather Center, the Astronomical Observatory, twenty-five (25) weather stations, and four (4) weather radar stations, distinctively taking the responsibility for meteorological, seismological, and related marine and astronomical operations of the nation.

A. Divisions' missions
Planning Division

  1. Drafting annual administrative plan and mid- and long-range programs, evaluating and reporting on progress
  2. Arranging operation inspection and annual review issues
  3. Planning and supervising weather forecasting and warning operations
  4. Planning, management, and coordination regarding meteorological-disaster prevention issues
  5. Coordinating international government agencies, organizations, and groups for the interchange of meteorological data and technological cooperation
  6. Facilitating a quality bilingual environment at the Bureau

Observation Division

  1. Planning, supervising, and management of surface and upper-air observation
  2. Exploring, formulating, and making amendment to meteorological observation regulations and technical code
  3. Planning, management, and coordination regarding exclusive observation station issues
  4. Planning, establishing, and management of the Automatic Rainfall Observing Network
  5. Monitoring, collecting, and processing the Automatic Rainfall Observing Network data
  6. Planning and management of atmospheric physics and chemistry observation

Applied Meteorology Division

  1. Collecting and processing surface and upper-air meteorological observations from weather stations, archiving such observation data from all stations over Taiwan
  2. Publishing climate data annual reports and providing statistical information for public reference
  3. Conducting agro-meteorological observation network project, managing agro-meteorology database, and providing agro-meteorology services (issuing 7-day agro-meteorological outlook and 10-day agro-meteorological bulletin)
  4. Conducting agro-meteorological research and training
  5. Collecting and processing hydro-meteorological data for reference
  6. Coordinating water resource agencies and providing hydro-meteorology services
  7. Executing One-stop Window services (dealing with meteorological data and site tour applications and specialized weather forecast service contract, etc.)

Telecommunications and Radar Division

  1. Verifying the BMF broadcast reception abroad and issuing QSL checkup
  2. Planning, coordinating, and supervising meteo-telecommunication affairs
  3. Maintaining the emergency communication system
  4. Planning of wind profiler radar network
  5. Management of and supervising weather radar operation (technical support, preventive annual maintenance, spare parts ordering, and communicating with foreign manufacturers)
  6. Technical training on weather radar observation and maintenance
  7. Radar networking between the Bureau and domestic operational centers or the academia
  8. Planning the Dual-Polarimetric Doppler radar technique
  9. Planning, supervising, and maintaining the operation of radio equipment and the power generator at the headquarters and weather (radar) stations
  10. Monitoring electric field intensity of the cell phone base station to prevent from jamming
  11. Weather radar data transmission via ST-1 communication satellite

B. Research and Development Center's missions

  1. Planning and managing cooperative research projects
  2. Designing and managing visiting scientist programs
  3. Conducting research workshop and conference
  4. Scientific publications
  5. Developing dynamic typhoon forecast models
  6. Developing climate monitoring and prediction techniques
  7. Improving Numerical Weather Prediction techniques
  8. Budgeting international meetings and official visits
  9. Conducting seminars and training courses

C. Operational centers' missions
Weather Forecast Center

  1. Climate monitoring (variations in climate of Taiwan and the world as well as in the atmospheric circulation and the ocean)
  2. Weather Watch, 24-hour on weather phenomena and changing
  3. Short-range and medium-range weather forecasting, forecasts updated daily including 12~36-hour regional
    forecasts, 7-day weather forecast, etc.
  4. long-range weather forecasting, including one month outlook and seasonal outlook
  5. Severe weather advisories/warnings issuance
  6. Typhoon information/warning issuance
  7. Forecast information services, diverse channels of dissemination of forecast information ("166" and "167" weather forecast inquiry system, consulting hot line, FOD, international radio broadcasting, Point to Point disaster prevention weather service system, etc.)
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Meteorological Satellite Center

  1. Conducting the meteorological satellite data receiving and processing system renewals project
  2. Management of and maintaining above systems
  3. Generating and archiving meteorological satellite data, developing retrieval products
  4. Meteorological satellite data analyses to support synoptic and mesoscale weather forecast
  5. Training, outreach, and public education program on satellite-related knowledge and techniques, data providing upon application
  6. Advancing functions of the Very Short-Range Forecasting System
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Meteorological Information Center

  1. Coordinating and conducting the bureau-wide computerization project
  2. Meteorological information infrastructure and security management
  3. Real-time collecting, analyzing, and processing global meteorological data to provide numerical weather prediction products
  4. Maintaining and updating the Weather Integration and Nowcasting System to support forecasters in weather analysis
  5. Developing and maintaining various meteorological information service systems, like website, e-paper, e-commerce, etc.
  6. Developing and maintaining Administrative Information Integration System to support efficient administrative work
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Seismological Center

  1. Monitoring seismic activities in and around Taiwan
  2. Releasing reports of felt earthquakes and timely issuing tsunami warnings
  3. Executing projects of Taiwan Strong Motion Instrumentation Program
  4. Studying various phenomena relating to earthquake precursors
  5. Providing seismic information services and educating the public on earthquake precautionary measures
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Meteorological Instruments Center

  1. Carrying out meteorological instrument calibration for the Bureau's weather stations
  2. Carrying out (in situ) meteorological instrument calibration for other government agencies and institutions upon application
  3. Ensuring that the Bureau's laboratories meet the CNLA criteria
  4. Maintaining and overhauling the automated surface observing system
  5. Maintaining wind and solar energy power supply systems at the Bureau's weather stations
  6. Maintaining the wave sensors
  7. Conducting fundamental training on meteorological instrument maintenance
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Marine Meteorology Center

The scope of marine meteorology includes wind waves, tides, sea level variations, sea surface temperatures, coastal ocean currents, and air-sea interactions.

  1. Implementing an integrated marine observing system for measuring and monitoring near real-time coastal waves and currents, sea levels, and temperatures of the waters in the vicinity of the Island of Taiwan. Of which sea level measurement and coastal data buoy networks have been established.
  2. Building a calibration laboratory of acoustic water level sensors, establishing a deep ocean data buoy station, developing land-based remote sensing system of waves and currents via microwave and HF radars, and carrying out an automated ship observation system.
  3. Developing marine prediction systems. Multi-scale waves and sea level prediction infrastructures have been accomplished, sea surface temperature analysis scheme, multi-scale surge models, and multi-scale ocean current models are in progress.
  4. Issuing various marine forecasts such as sea temperature, sea levels, waves, and currents, at open sea, inshore, and coastal areas, for uses in recreation planning, fishery expansion, maritime navigation, marine emergency precaution, and search and rescue operations.
  5. Setting up nationwide marine database by collecting, compiling, and analyzing various marine data. The database system and marine meteorology information website infrastructure have been completed. Collecting both foreign and domestic marine data, developing data quality control method and database application software, stipulating appropriate data forms and tables for effective management, storing, and inquiry application are continuously proceeding.
  6. Developing more services and products and various circulation ways of marine meteorology, setting up oceanic Geographic Information System, improving services of providing nationwide marine information on the Internet which includes the most recent 36 hours near shore observation data, marine forecast information, marine model prediction animation, marine statistics chart, and marine data information index, etc.
  7. Enhancing marine meteorology information services, cooperating with the Tourism Bureau and Fishermen's association in installing large electronic billboard in harbor or coastal scenic area for displaying marine meteorology and safety information, setting standards for marine meteorology observation and statistics, periodically publishing annual report of marine meteorology observation data and the tide table, data providing upon application, marine information consulting, training, and public education.
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Southern Region Weather Center

  1. Conducting surface observation at Tainan, Yongkang, and Qigu, upper-air observation at Yongkang, and radar observation at Qigu
  2. Facilitating Taiwan south region's (south of Chiayi) weather forecasts and forecast operations
  3. Providing consulting services and products of weather information to relevant government agencies
  4. Providing consulting services and products of weather information to the public upon application
  5. Managing the Museum of Meteorology and facilitating public education and outreach program
  6. Maintaining the historic monument of former Tainan weather station
  7. Supporting in management of the backup emergency communication system
  8. Supporting in maintaining the sub-system of Taiwan Rapid Earthquake Information Release System in southern Taiwan
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D. Astronomical Observatory's missions

  1. Compiling the calendar appointed by the Ministry of Interior for common practice
  2. Publishing astronomical almanac for public reference
  3. Observing meteorology-related astronomical phenomena such as sunspots in cooperation with the Solar Influences Data Analysis Center (SIDC), publishing observation report every half a year
  4. Observing astronomical special events like solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, comet, and meteor shower
  5. Consulting services about astronomical inquiries and public education