BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
TAIWAN specialists from the National Taiwan University (NTU) and Central Weather Bureau (CWB) are currently working with the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) to enhance weather forecasting in the country and strengthen seismic network.
This was revealed by a member of NTU’s delegation, Professor Yue-Gau Chen who was speaking to the media at a joint delegation occasion hosted by the Taiwan embassy on July 18th.
He explained that they are here to carry out activities under the MOU on Meteorology Cooperation Taiwan and Solomon Islands signed on April 2017.
Professor Chen explained that the first part of their mission is to establish observation systems around Solomon Islands including the weather observation system or automatic mode and the semi-automatic mode to enhance weather forecasting.
He then stressed that the second area is focused on the construction of seismometers which can show were an earthquake occurs in the country which will then allow them to locate it before using the information to produce early warning.
A seismometer is an instrument used to measure the motion of the ground which can be caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or explosives.
The professor of Taiwan’s top university furthered that they are trying to use scientific information to mitigate hazards.