CWB Strategic Plan for 2017

The aim of the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) missions is to promote modernized meteorological observation, to develop refined meteorological forecasts, and to provide diversified channels of information dissemination, by which to improve the quality of its meteorological services and to achieve the goals of disaster prevention and mitigation and promotion of economic development. In accordance with the Annual Administrative Policies of Executive Yuan and the CWB mid-term programs, the CWB 2017 strategic plan has been formulated within the ratified budget with the following emphases to meet with its future development goals and the social needs:

I. Upgrading meteorological observation facilities and enhancing weather monitoring ability:

  1. Continuing the mplementation of data reception and application of newly launched meteorological satellites. Tasks in this year focus on the stable reception of high temporal and spacial resolution data from Japanese Himawari-8 satellite, the development of RGB composite imagery techniques, the enhancement of the ability of weather system monitoring, and the provision of open data service and application products of high resolution satellite data.
  2. Integrating marine meteorological observation system to promote efficacy of information application. Main tasks include: maintenance of inshore tide stations and data collecting buoys, development of wave and storm surge forecasting techniques, calibration of historical sea-level data, and establishment of marine data application platform for better marine services.
  3. Conducting the six-year project of "Enhancement of Environmental Monitoring for Disaster Prevention with Marine and Weather Observation Network (2015-2020)." Tasks include:
    (1) Relocating the Qigu Radar and making an upgrade to dual-polarization to enhance its ability of precipitation monitoring.
    (2) Building wind profiler on Pratas to improve the observation, and consequently the forecast for severe weather systems approaching Taiwan from South China Sea.
    (3) Renewing and strengthening the weather observation network in both Yilan and Hualien areas, and calibrating the instruments on-site to improve the precipitation monitoring.
    (4) Enhancing the network of data collecting buoys and implementing tsunami warning buoys to extend the range of marine monitoring.
    (5) Implementing land-based radar network for detecting waves and currents to enhance the safety in coastal areas.
    (6) Implementing marine environmental disaster prevention service system, developing nearshore regional forecast integration system, integrating marine meteorological information, promoting the efficiency of marine disaster prevention information applications.
    (7) Implementing remote sensing disaster prevention service system, developing satellite-based products, building township QPF techniques, and reinforcing the ability of convective system analysis and nowcasting for the decision making of disaster prevention and response.
  4. Reinforcing surface observing network and enhancing weather observation quality: upgrading calibration instruments to retain the accuracy of weather observations.

II. Enhancing technical development and advancing auxiliary systems of weather forecasting:

  1. Continuing the conduct of the four-year project of "Toward Smart Weather Information Application and Service I (2016-2019)." Main tasks include:
    (1) Keeping on the promotion of the standard of open data and the rate of Odata four-star rating, developing the prototype of big data collecting and processing platform, widening the sharing service of meteorological data, building phenological observation system and historical environment database of weather stations, providing local climate information service, expanding big data storage systems, constructing network security monitoring systems.
    (2) Developing the prototype of interdisciplinary service platform, reinforcing the provision platform of meteorological products, opening up the interdisciplinary service of meteorological information, developing global model ensemble forecast and coupled ocean-atmosphere model forecast systems, improving the techniques and operations of weather forecasts beyond two weeks and short-term climate predictions, strengthening climate databases and the auxiliary systems for climate monitoring and forecasting, advancing the application services of climate forecast information.
    (3) Developing the prototypes of weather warning information service systems and warning decision-making auxiliary systems, enhancing the efficiency of weather monitoring and warning systems, developing the techniques of radar and ocean current data assimilation, refining the techniques of township weather warning, developing probabilistic forecast products of regions of counties, improving the efficiency of weather forecast operations.
  2. Conducting the four-year project of "Climate Change Application Service Capacity Development (2014-2017)." Main tasks include:
    (1) Collecting, processing and analyzing the long-term climate data of Taiwan, enhancing the inquiring function of the long-term climate database, building the long-term climate monitoring system of Taiwan.
    (2) Developing the techniques of climate change analysis and projection of Taiwan, building local climate change projection information and the methods of climate risk assessment for various domains, increasing the ability of climate change analysis and projection of Taiwan.
    (3) Founding the application service of climate information, constructing an integrated framework of the application service of climate information.
    Popularizing climate knowledge and climate information application services, providing application-oriented service of climate information.

III. Promoting the efficacy of earthquake monitoring and reporting with the following main tasks of this year:

  1. Enhancing the monitoring of earthquake and tsunami through setting up more high-quality borehole seismic stations and an integrated monitoring network.
  2. Promoting application efficacy of real-time earthquake information of disaster prevention and using Public Warning System (PWS) to disseminate earthquake rapid reporting message.
  3. Boosting the Geophysical Database Management System (GDMS) products and its services.
  4. Promoting the research on earthquake potentiality and facilitating dissemination of disaster prevention-oriented seismic potential map.
  5. Extending the cable type submarine seismograph and marine physical monitoring system on the east coast of Taiwan to increase the efficacy of earthquake and tsunami monitoring.

IV. Strengthening meteorological services and meteorological disaster prevention outreach programs:

  1. Conducting the project of "Development of Small-scale Nowcasting System" to improve the abilities of disastrous weather forecasting and monitoring, to develop the techniques of disastrous weather forecast of township-scale, and to build up the ability of issuing township-scale weather warnings.
  2. Delivering meteorological information in plain language, and promoting disaster prevention and climate change awareness through public education and outreach programs.