Exploring global pollution and cycling of mercury using ocean migratory fish

Profs. Chun-Mao Tseng and Jen-Chieh Shiao from the Institute of Oceanography, NTU, and the US cooperative colleagues worked together as the mercury research team (referred to Team Mercury (Hg) hereinafter). The research provides them to initiate a new tool of the mercury accumulation rate (MAR) using top predators to examine global patterns in the cycling and pollution of Hg across the world's oceans. It also confirms the unchanging truth of "You are what you eat, and You have what you are" since time began. The results of this study, published…

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Professor Ching-Ray Chang and his collaborators publish “Yang–Mills physics in spintronics” paper in <Physics Reports>

The National Taiwan University has, in an international team effort, collaborated with the Chinese Culture University, the University of Taipei, the National University of Singapore, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, to write a review article on the physics of Yang-Mills in spintronics. This article was recently published in the Physics Reports (Oct 2020). Physics Reports has always been one of the academic journals with the highest impact factor in physics community. The 5-Year Impact Factor is 24.659, which is much higher than the…

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Prominent studies by NTU Institute of Oceanography research team published in prestigious journal “Nature Communications” 2020.8.14

Life histories determine divergent population trends for fishes under climate warming Hui-Yu Wang, Sheng-Feng Shen, Ying-Shiuan Chen, Yun-Kae Kiang, and Mikko Heino Dr. Hui-Yu Wang (IO NTU), Dr. Sheng-Feng Shen (AS BRC), and Dr. Mikko Heino (UiB, Norway) have conducted the first assessment of warming-induced effects on various types marine fishes in the Indo-Pacific. Their findings reveal that warming impacts are not uniform; instead, warming impacts are contingent on life histories of fishes. Their study was published in Nature Communications on Aug 14, 2020. The research team investigated temperature effects…

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Prominent studies by NTU Department of Atmospheric Sciences research team published in prestigious journal “Nature Communications” 2020.7.24

Climate changes impact on the terrestrial water cycle and water resource Groundwater is a critical freshwater resource for humans and ecosystems. This international cooperation research led by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, College of Science, National Taiwan University, investigates the potential groundwater storage changes in the 21st century. The study is published online in Nature Communication in July 2020.Groundwater provides critical freshwater supply, particularly in dry regions where surface water availability is limited. This research used a fully coupled climate model to investigate groundwater changes over seven vital aquifers identified…

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Prominent studies by NTU Institute of Oceanography research team published in prestigious journal “PNAS”

NTU oceanographer and international team discovered ongoing and future tropical diversity decline Source:Services for Media, HKU How can patterns in the marine biodiversity of the past help us to understand how it may change in the future? A recent research by Drs Moriaki Yasuhara (School of Biological Sciences and Swire Institute of Marine Science, The University of Hong Kong), Chih-Lin Wei (Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University) and numerous international collaborators finds that the tropical diversity decline now seen in the ocean is not purely human induced, but nonetheless will…

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Human is commanding and conquering the sky ?「Taming the weather」 The new relationship between man and nature in the domestication of the weather

Shiuh-Shen Chien Professor / Department of Geography Dr. Shiuh-Shen CHIEN, professor in geography, environment and development studies at National Taiwan University who has published a series of paper on sustainability research and volume geography studies, finds that weather modification practice is surprisingly popular in China. Despite the fact that the weather modification, a cloud seeding technology to manipulate raining, is not encouraged by the World Meteorological Organization, China is conducting nation-wide weather modification practices, with more than two third of county-level governments setting their own weather modification offices. By doing…

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Ramifications of short-term meteorological variability on elevational range size

Cho-ying Huang Associate Professor / Department of geological 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…

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How much does groundwater contribute to sea level rise?

Min-Hui Lo Assistant professor / Department of Atmospheric Sciences “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…

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