CWB Strategic Plan for 2018

The Central Weather Bureau's (CWB's) mission is to promote modernized meteorological observations, develop more refined meteorological forecasts, and provide diversified channels of information dissemination, so as to improve the quality of its meteorological services and to better fulfill its role in disaster prevention and mitigation and economic development. In accordance with the Annual Administrative Policies of Executive Yuan and the CWB mid-term programs, the CWB 2018 strategic plan has been formulated within the ratified budget with the following emphases to meet with its future development goals as well as the society's needs:

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

  1. Continuing implementation of data reception and application of newly launched meteorological satellites. Tasks this year focus on stable reception of high temporal and spacial resolution data from Japanese Himawari-8 satellite, development of insolation and atmospheric motion vector products, enhancement of weather system monitoring, and provision of open data services 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) Renewing and strengthening the weather observation network in Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, and Hengchun Peninsula areas, and calibrating the instruments to improve precipitation monitoring.
    (3) Enhancing the network of data collecting buoys and setting up tsunami warning buoys to extend the range of marine monitoring.
    (4) Implementing land-based radar network for detecting waves and currents to enhance the safety in coastal areas.
    (5) Implementing marine environmental disaster prevention service system, developing wave-tide coupled surge prediction system, integrating marine meteorological information, and increasing the efficiency of marine disaster prevention information applications.
    (6) 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 using remote sensing data for disaster prevention and response decision-making.
  4. Reinforcing surface observing network and enhancing weather observation quality; upgrading calibration instruments to maintain the accuracy of weather observations.

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

  1. Continuing with the four-year project of "Toward Smart Weather Information Application and Service I (2016-2019)." Main tasks include:
    (1) Implementing weather big data platform with data-on-demand function, integrating weather data supply services and improving their efficiency, increasing the percentage of Odata four-star rating open data; combining new information technology to construct multi-faceted interactive public weather science education service; expanding high performance computing resource by 30% to support the development of high-resolution numerical model; establishing 6 climate stations in Taipei metropolitan and mountainous regions; improving the intelligent network management system, and planning a new backbone network for weather stations.
    (2) Developing interdisciplinary weather service platform, collaborating with agricultural agencies to set up customized weather information decision-making indexes for agriculture and fishery and popularize aquacultural interdisciplinary application service; building a new-generation modularized Quantitative Precipitation Estimation and Segregation Using Multiple Sensor (QPESUMS) to increase the efficacy of weather information as applied by government agencies for disaster prevention purposes. Establishing an integrated phenological observation information system to provide local climate information service; improving cross-platform and cross-device self-adaptable world-wide-web and Taiwan Weather APP to provide better weather information service.
    (3) Developing a new version of ocean-atmosphere coupled climate model and advancing the weather forecast technique of week 2-4; integrating temperature forecast model for Taiwan weather stations and developing short-term climate comprehensive forecast technique, implementing spring rain tendency forecast operational test and improving Mei-Yu tendency forecast method; advancing radar data assimilation to improve regional model precipitation forecast technique; building a second-generation 1km-resolution refined forecast editing system, localizing and customizing the new-generation forecast decision-making auxiliary system.
  2. Conducting the four-year project "Applications and Services of Meteorological Information to Green Energy (2017-2020)." Main tasks include:
    (1) Integrating statistical mesoscale model data to analyze 1km-resolution wind energy density of selected regions, and incorporating satellite and radar derived wind data to analyze 2km-resolution solar energy density of earth surface level, in order to build a prototype of new green power evaluation information system for wind power generation development.
    (2) Upgrading the resolution of dynamical downscaling real-time operating system for offshore wind farm demonstration areas, developing global model wind power statistical forecast system to improve green power generation forecast system, which predicts the generating capacity every 6 hours for 7 days, and weather information green power management database system.
  3. Commencing the four-year project "Creating a Favorable Environment for Agriculture and Fisheries with Customized Weather and Climate Information (2018-2021)." Main tasks include:
    (1) Exploiting customized interdisciplinary application for fishery, accomplishing digital data development and imagery production of Himawari-8 satellite sea surface temperature, polar orbiting satellite water color, and nighttime visible satellite images.
    (2) Combining CWB high-resolution global NWP model and multi-scale Taiwan community oceanic model to build a customized system to provide information about weather and ocean variables, including sea temperature, sea salt, sea current, etc., for interdisciplinary fishery applications.
    (3) Developing customized interdisciplinary applications for agricultural purposes by analyzing relevant climate variables and designing short-term climate forecast system for crops designated by Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Council of Agriculture.

III. Increasing the efficacy of earthquake monitoring:

  1. Enhancing earthquake and tsunami monitoring by setting up more high-quality borehole seismic stations and an integrated monitoring network.
  2. Promoting application efficacy of real-time earthquake information for disaster prevention purposes and using Public Warning System (PWS) to disseminate earthquake rapid reporting message.
  3. Integrating the Geophysical Database Management System (GDMS) products and its services.
  4. Collecting various geophysical observation data and furthering research on earthquake precursor analysis.
  5. Extending the cable type submarine seismograph and marine physical monitoring system on the eastern 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 "Development of Small-scale Nowcasting System" project to improve disastrous weather forecasting and monitoring, develop forecast techniques for disastrous weather on a township scale, and be ready and able to issue 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.
  3. Promoting customized services of QPESUMS for the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) and the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) for public transportation purposes, and for the National Airborne Service Corps (NASC) and the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) for use in rescue operations.