CWB Strategic Plan for 2021

The Central Weather Bureau's (CWB's) mission is to make thorough meteorological observations, refine meteorological forecasts, and create diversified meteorological services, by increasing both land and sea observation coverage, making customized disaster warning services more widespread, and improving QPF ability, forecast capability and service efficiency, so as to provide quality meteorological services and better fulfill its role in disaster prevention and mitigation and economic development promotion. In accordance with the Annual Administrative Policies of the Executive Yuan and the CWB mid-term programs, the CWB 2021 strategic plan has been formulated on the basis of the ratified budget with the following emphases to meet its future development goals and the society's needs:

  • I. Upgrading meteorological observation facilities and enhancing weather monitoring ability
    1. Providing polar-orbiting satellite (SNPP, NOAA-20) ozone total content and vertical distribution for Environmental Protection Agency to monitor air quality; providing 10-minute raw data and images of Korean geostationary satellite (GK2A) in 16 channels; continuing to improve the products of Japanese Himawari-8 satellite.
    2. Integrating marine meteorological observation system to promote efficacy of information application. Main tasks include: maintenance of 27 inshore tide stations and 11 data collecting buoys, enhancement of marine forecasting techniques, and improvement of marine data application and services.
    3. Commencing the six-year project of “Intelligent Marine Environmental Disaster Prevention Services (2021-2026).” Tasks include: establishing offshore observation piles; ensuring ship observation; implementing data collecting buoy network; increasing wave and current remote-sensing stations; enhancing coastal upper-air and surface stations; establishing freak wave warning system around the island; developing down-scaling marine forecast system and blue industry marine services, in order to expand weather and marine monitoring range, enhance marine disaster warning capability, establish integrated cloud services, and ensure the safety of marine environment.
  • II. Enhancing technical development and advancing auxiliary systems of weather forecasting
    1. Continuing the four-year project of “Toward Smart Weather Information Application and Service (2020-2023).” Main tasks include:
      • (1) For diversified meteorological services: developing satellite-retrieved products for cross-sectoral application services, enhancing customized services of disaster prevention information, adding 5-star open-data links for public applications, expanding historical open-data supply, and evaluating the socioeconomic effectiveness of public meteorological services.
      • (2) For intelligent innovation applications: using AI technology to develop numerical model prediction value-added products, implementing intelligent city cross-sectoral cooperation, completing case studies of major historical weather events, and completing IT equipment intelligent monitoring system of all operating centers.
      • (3) For pioneering meteorological technology: extending the forecast period of tropical depression track forecast; implementing hourly updates of nowcasting products within 6 hours; providing township-scale warnings and advisories; developing 3 to 4 week extreme temperature forecast products and seasonal extreme May-Yu precipitation event forecast guidance; improving regional model typhoon track and intensity forecast accuracy by 4%; establishing air-sea data assimilation system of new generation global weather forecast system (CWB FV3-GFS); developing air-sea coupling forecast system and 1km-resolution regional numerical model.
      • (4) For information infrastructure: accomplishing the procurement of HPC and reaching 3 Pflops computing efficiency; expanding mass storage capacity to 20 PB and establishing remote backup storage capacity; completing emergency centers' integration of audio, video and data transmission systems; implementing first-phase electricity improvement of computer facilities.
    2. Commencing the four-year project of “Innovative Weather and Electricity Forecast Integrated with Solar Energy Electricity Network (2021-2024).” Main tasks include:
      • (1) Implementing whole-sky camera monitoring network to provide cloud images near weather stations.
      • (2) Developing high temporal and spatial resolution grid-based cloud analysis techniques to obtain environmental characteristics of clouds in western Taiwan.
      • (3) Developing and implementing short-term solar radiation forecast operation system with cloud-movement method to reduce the cost of operating reserve and ensure the safety of electricity network.
    3. Continuing the four-year project of “Creating a Favorable Environment for Agriculture and Fisheries with Customized Weather and Climate Information (2018-2021).” Main tasks include:
      • (1) Improving the test and calibration of normalized global and regional numerical models; increasing the sea module resolution of air-sea coupling model; integrating multi-satellite sea chlorophyll content, sea surface temperature and onsite sea-surface temperature information to develop products for seas around Taiwan.
      • (2) Continuing the exploitation of customized interdisciplinary applications for agriculture and fishery purposes; accomplishing agricultural application system of solar insolation monitoring and forecast information; implementing weekly, monthly and seasonal rainfall/temperature tendency forecast; using weather forecast data to develop pest prediction model.
      • (3) Establishing socioeconomic effectiveness evaluation system and macro socioeconomic decision making system of innovative meteorological services for agriculture and fishery; implementing promotion mechanism for innovative meteorological services.
      • (4) Establishing customized Taiwan climate data collecting and application system; providing grid-based observation data; implementing climate database for agriculture and fishery.
    4. Continuing the six-year project of “Improving the Disaster Prevention Warning Techniques of Weather Radar (2019-2024).” Main tasks include:
      • (1) Continuing the upgrade and calibration of Kenting, Hualian, and Wufenshan weather radars; using dual polarization radar observation to develop quantitative precipitation estimation techniques.
      • (2) Continuing to increase south-eastern Asia radar data and products; expanding the monitoring range to cover entire eastern Asia.
      • (3) Continuing to develop radar data assimilation system and convective-scale ensemble forecast system; improving the accuracy of quantitative precipitation forecast.
      • (4) Improving radar data mining techniques of “Taiwan very short-term QPF integrated system” and establishing short-term heavy rainfall nowcasting database; incorporating localized severe weather warning thresholds and probability forecast of convective cell tracks to implement an integrated radar warning auxiliary system that suits Taiwan's severe weather operations.
  • III. Increasing the efficacy of earthquake monitoring
    1. Continuing the six-year project of “Strong-motion observation V: Application of Earthquake Early Warning for Disaster Prevention (2016-2021).” Main tasks include:
      • (1) Increasing observation facilities and improving EEW operation techniques.
      • (2) Exploiting the application of EEW for disaster prevention.
      • (3) Continuing the integration and promotion of earthquake database.
      • (4) Developing observation methods of earthquake precursors.
    2. Commencing the four-year project of “Implementation of Ocean-bottom Earthquake and Tsunami Monitoring System in Southern Offshore area of Taiwan (2021-2024).” The aim of this year is to complete the procurement process of the project.
  • IV. Strengthening meteorological services and meteorological disaster prevention outreach programs
    1. Delivering meteorological information in a plain language, and promoting disaster prevention and climate change awareness through public education and outreach programs.
    2. Continuing to upgrade the customized QPESUMS for 19 government agencies in charge of public transportation, national defense, disaster relief, etc., and promote QPESUMS customized services to more users.