CityU hosts meteorology and climate workshop on South China
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These issues include climate change, air pollution, severe weather (typhoons, heavy rain) and remote sensing applications for studying the weather and climate.
CityU has the strongest research team in atmospheric science in
Today’s (5 Dec) opening ceremony was officiated by Professor Roland Chin, Chairman of the, HKSAR; Mr C Y Lam, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory; Chair Professor Johnny Chan of CityU’s Department of Physics and Material Sciences (AP) and Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR); and Chair Professor Michel Van Hove, Head of AP. Professor Roderick Wong, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, offered a welcoming message on behalf of the University.
“The aim of the workshop is to promote greater collaboration among scientists in
“With the rapid economic development and the associated significant increase in the population of the Pearl River Delta region, the weather and climate of South China have recently become a focus in the meteorological community especially in
Professor Wong, in his welcoming speech, said the workshop was a significant event because pollution and cyclones were a concern for the people of
Continuing the theme of the importance of applied research, Professor Chin pointed out that Hong Kong spent 0.6% of its GNP on academic research, compared to
In his talk, Mr Lam said visibility in
He added that the Earth’s second industrial revolution was taking place, i.e. the industrialization of mainland China, and its magnitude was greater than that of the industrial revolution that took place in Europe 150 years ago.
During the three-day workshop, prominent meteorological experts and academicians from, among others, CityU’s AP and LAR; the
In their keynotes addresses, Professor Liu Shaw Chen, Academia Sinica, spoke about the long-range transport of air pollutants and the implications for the ozone in
After the opening ceremony, delegates observed a display led by Dr Andrew Cheng of the AP and LAR of CityU’s LIDAR technology, a revolutionary laser-based system that measures air pollution up to 8km away. The technology is kept in a van to facilitate movement around
The workshop is organized by CityU, sponsored by the Croucher Foundation and co-organized by the Environmental Protection Department, HKSAR Government; Hong Kong Observatory, HKSAR Government; and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.