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Taiwan adjusting focus of climate change research

2013/01/15 14:23:46

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) A three-year project to integrate Taiwan's climate science information has come to an end, and a new study on how Taiwan's agriculture and ecology are influenced by climate change will soon begin, a government official said Tuesday.

"We got some good results (from the first project), and we expect to begin the second (project) this year," said Lin Lee-yaw, deputy executive secretary of the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR).

The NCDR launched the Taiwan Climate Change Projection and Information Platform (TCCIP) in 2010 in partnership with local universities and research institutes, integrating information and technology around the country, Lin told CNA on the sidelines of an international forum on climate change.

The project provided projection data and developed climate change models that can be referred to by policy-makers in the future, he said.

Under the US$3 million project, Lin explained, the impact of extreme events, such as typhoons, can be assessed by means of dynamic downscaling schemes, and the potential change in rainfall due to climate can be calculated.

"Such information is valuable and can help reduce casualties," he said.

The new plan will support further research on Taiwan's agricultural and ecological environment, which are both vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to the official.

Lin said the mean temperature in Taiwan has risen 1.4 degrees Celsius over the past century, similar to other developing economies but nearly double that of the global average of 0.74 degrees.

"We should do more research to find out the reason as soon as possible and tackle the factors behind the increase," he said.

(By James Lee)