College of Earth Sciences





Department of Earth Sciences Graduate Institute of Geophysics


The Department of Earth Sciences and Graduate Institute of Geophysics has l5 full-time and 34 adjunct faculty members and offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The goal of our educational programs is to provide multidisciplinary and integrated teaching in fundamental earth sciences with balanced subjects between geology and geophysics. The undergraduate program offers a wide spectrum of courses and emphasizes on fostering the students in learning and gaining fundamental knowledge of the Earth surface and interior processes, through physics, mathematics, computing and general geology. Many well-equipped laboratories and a host of field exploration equipments are available for performing analytical, experimental and field geological and geophysical teaching and research. Students are also encouraged to expand their scientific experiences beyond academic subjects. To establish careers on earth sciences, the department provides many opportunities such as summer intern programs and international geological field-trip courses for students to participate geological and geophysical fieldwork.


 The diverse research interests of the faculty include seismology, seismic engineering, geophysics, geodynamics, geophysical prospecting, geology, geodesy and remote sensing. Fully integrated seismology program including theoretical, observational and computational seismology is actively pursuit. Programs in seismic and geophysical (electrical, magnetic, gravity) prospecting, MT sounding, well logging, and geology are performed through international and interdisciplinary cooperation to solve practical problems. Current major research fields include: (1) Active and passive seismic surveys associated with the TAIGER project; (2) Geodynamics and seismic hazard around Taiwan-Philippine region; (3) Earthquake precursor monitoring from gravity, electromagnetic, and geodetic survey; (4) Taiwan earthquake model and earthquake engineering; (5) Offshore gas hydrate exploration; (6) CO2 geological sequestration, and (7) Geothermal energy prospecting.


Department of Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Institute of Atmospheric Physics


The Department of Atmospheric Sciences was founded in 1968. Currently it has eighteen full-time faculty members, twenty-two adjunct faculties and seven researchers. The teaching and research in this department emphasize in the fields of atmospheric sciences as well as space sciences, and offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees. The students are required to take sequential courses in physics, mathematics, chemistry, meteorology, computer programming, numerical analysis, data processing and communication. The department is famous in Taiwan for operating several advanced and unique instruments. A few good examples are: the first dual-polarization Doppler meteorological radar in Taiwan, a northern Taiwan distrometer network, a background atmospheric chemistry station in Mountain Lu-Lin (2862 m), the Integrated Sounding System (ISS), and so on. The department also maintains a well-equipped atmospheric observation site on campus. Our faculties actively participate many field experiments (TAMEX, SCSMEX, TRMM), and are heavily involved in the FORMOSAT-3 COSMIC project. Multi-disciplinary collaborations have been established between this department with other academic units at NCU such as the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research (CSRSR), Institute of Hydrological Sciences (IHS), and Department of Electrical Engineering. This department will continue to play a leading role in Taiwan’s earth science community.


Graduate Institute of Space Science


The Graduate Institute of Space Science was established in 1990, the Institute is now home to 13 faculty members, as well as 6 adjunct faculty members from the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research (CSRSR) and the NCU Institute of Astronomy. The Institute of Space Science offers both M.S. and PhD. Programs, and conducts research in the fields of space plasma physics, radar/ionospheric physics, and remote sensing science.


Special topics include the physics and dynamics of the upper atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, interplanetary space and Sun, planetary science, space plasma simulation, radar meteorology, and satellite remote sensing.


The Institute is the primary institution in Taiwan providing such broad and comprehensive programs in space science research and education, continuously participating in several international research projects and collaborations with space science institutions of other countries.


Graduate Institute of Applied Geology


Founded in 1991, this Institute now has thirteen full-time and six adjunct faculty members, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with emphasizing on the impact assessment of geohazards, geoenvironments and georesources. Our faculty has a broad spectrum of expertise and research interest in the areas of groundwater hydrology, groundwater contaminant transport, hydrogeology, active fault and earthquake hazard, landslide hazard, engineering geology, geomechanics, geotechnical engineering, and environmental geochemistry. Research facilities include Groundwater Contaminant Transport Research Group, Hydrosphere, Terrestrial, and Biosphere Model Group, Groundwater Research Group, Engineering Geology Research Group, Soil & Rock Mechanics Research Group, Environmental Geochemistry Research Group, Groundwater Modeling & Analysis Research Group, Geomechanics Research Group, and Groundwater Research Well Field. These provide students with excellent opportunities in acquiring hands-on experiences in conducting laboratory as well as field works. All students are highly encouraged to do publishable research in collaboration with their advisors.


Graduate Institute of Hydrological and Oceanic Sciences


Graduate Institute of Hydrological and Oceanic Sciences (IHOS), established in 2001, provides opportunities in research and education in hydrologic and oceanic sciences. IHOS currently has seven full-time and eight adjunct faculty members, pursuing research excellence in the areas of flood/drought prediction and water resources management, interactions of hydrologic cycles and biota, hydro-environment monitoring and modeling, tsunami simulation, coastal observation, remote sensing applications in aquatic environment, and multiphase flow in porous media. In light of the complexity of environmental problems, the IHOS advocates integrative approaches to research topics, and encourages domestic as well as international collaborations. Research topics of regional to global scale are emphasized.


Taiwan International Graduate Program for Earth System Science, TIGP-ESS (Ph.D.)


Founded in 2009, this program has cooperated with Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP, Academia Sinica).In order to attract young scholars from around the globe to its campus for advanced, inter-disciplinary studies. All courses will be conducted in English and fellowships are available for qualified students.

Areas of concentration in the Earth System Science Program include Hydrospheric Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Solid Earth Sciences. The faculty consists of 44 professors from the Earth Sciences College of the National Central University, the Research Center for Environmental Changes and the Institute of Earth Sciences of the Academia Sinica.

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