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Taiwan contributes to NASA program in air quality monitoring

Taiwan contributes to NASA program in air quality monitoring

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Taiwan has contributed to a multinational program led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that is aimed at studying the movement of air pollutants to improve air protection efforts, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Tuesday. Taiwan has been working with Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia since 2010 in the 7-Southeast Asian Studies (7-SEAS) Mission," coordinated by the U.S.-based agency to understand the facets of aerosol, meteorology and climate interaction in Asia, the EPA said. In recent research, the 7-SEAS team has concluded that air pollutants originating in Southeast Asia can be carried on the wind all the way to southern and western Taiwan, shedding light on the severity of air pollution. The EPA said Taiwan has played an important role in the research, launched this February to examine regional air movement in the South China Sea region, through setting up its own air quality monitoring station in Thailand. "Our facility has allowed scientists to compare different data for more accurate results," said Chu Yu-chi, director of the EPA's Department of Environmental Monitoring and Information Management. It is also the first time Taiwan has contributed to international aerosol research through providing its own equipment, Chu said, adding that the findings will be published in "Atmospheric Environment," a scientific journal, by the end of 2013. The EPA will further examine the data to better draw up future environmental policies, Chu added. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:42 GMT+08:00