Prominent studies by NTU Department of Atmospheric Sciences research team published in prestigious journal “Nature Climate Change” (2016.5)

“How much does groundwater contribute to sea level rise?“ Min-Hui Lo Rising sea level is a threat to people who live near the coastal regions and in small islands; hence, accurately projecting rates of sea level rise is important, especially under climate changes. Recent assessments indicate that groundwater depletion (GWD) may become the most important positive terrestrial contribution. Future projections of increasing reliance on groundwater suggests that GWD will become the most important singular terrestrial contribution to sea level rise over the next 50 years, likely equal in magnitude to…

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Prominent studies by NTU Institute of Oceanography research team published in prestigious journal “Ecology” (2016.5)

Fishing causes age/size truncation and drives marine fishes to aggregate in space, elevating ecosystem risk A population usually does not uniformly distribute in space. Previous studies have found that when a population is getting larger, the variance of the population abundance over a space (i.e., aggregation degree) will also be increasing. This mean-variance relationship is the well-known Taylor’s power law (V=aMb). The exponent b in Taylor’s power law is an indicator of the “aggregation potential” of a species. That is, for a population has a higher b, it will be…

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Prominent studies by Associate Professor Cho-Ying Huang, Department of Geosciences, in collaboration with Academia Sinica published in prestigious journal “Science” (2016.3.25)

Ramifications of short-term meteorological variability on elevational range size   Spatial distributions of fauna are sensitive to climate variabilities. Classic ecological hypotheses have all suggested that greater seasonal climatic fluctuations will result in a wider species geographic distribution. These were proposed about a half century ago and have been heavily tested through the years. However, animals experience not only seasonal climatic but diurnal meteorological dynamics, and the latter one has rarely been addressed and investigated. A collaborative study led by Wei-Ping Chan and Sheng-Feng Shen of Academia Sinica, I-Ching Chen…

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Assistant Professor Haojia Ren, with collaborators from the US, publishes several new studies in Nature, challenging the effects of iron fertilization on climate and the ocean

Haojia Ren Assistant professor / Department of Geoscience Assistant Professor Haojia Ren with collaborators from US publishing new study in Nature challenging the effect of iron fertilization on the global ocean and climate Dr. Haojia Ren, the assistant professor at Department of Geoscience, National Taiwan University, has been collaborating with researchers from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in the US, to test whether iron fertilization during the last ice age drives plankton growth in the equatorial Pacific and eventually leading to the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.…

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Prominent studies by NTU Institute of Oceanography research team published in prestigious journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B” (February 2016)

Synergistic effects of predator and prey size diversity on trophic transfer efficiency in ocean ecosystems Carmen García-Comas and Chih-hao Hsieh Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University A group of scientists from the Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, led by Dr. Carmen García-Comas and Prof. Chih-hao Hsieh, demonstrate that the interaction of predator and prey size diversities affects trophic transfer efficiency in marine plankton. This is the first study to analyze individual size structure at two trophic levels in plankton, and proposes mechanisms to explain variation of trophic transfer efficiency…

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Prominent studies by NTU Department of Geosciences research team led by Prof. Chuan-Chou Shen published in prestigious journal “Nature Communications”

Chuan-Chou Shen Professor / Department of Geosciences Super earthquakes over the past 4,000 years in the western Solomon Islands Renowned Journal "Nature Communications" published the top notch studies of NTU geological research team Super strong earthquakes could claim the lives of countless people just in minutes. Dr. Chuan-Chou Shen, a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Geology, National Taiwan University (NTU), collaborated with Professor Fred Taylor of the University of Taxis (UT) at Austin and published their newest research results in the internationally renowned journal “Nature Communications” on June 30.…

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