History

The department originated in December 1946 as the "Meteorological Research Center" of the Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture. When the Department of Geography of the College of Sciences was established in August, 1955, there were two sections in the department: a Geography Section and a Meteorology Section. Under the effort of the former chairman Prof. Yu-chin Kang, the Meteorology Section became an independent department in July, 1972, and it was named the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.Two influences evolved from having independent departments: first, the students of our department increased from less than ten to 30~40. They became a new work force for the development of atmospheric sciences. Second, several years before and after the establishment, many scholars who received complete training of modern atmospheric sciences came back to teach one after another. The research and teaching of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences have expanded from traditional Meteorology to Synoptic Meteorology, Atmospheric Dynamics, Numerical Weather Prediction, and Air Pollution. The fields of the atmospheric sciences have broadened, and the modernization of domestic atmospheric science studies have been indirectly stimulated.

Ten years after being established, the department was in a stage of slow growth. There were no significant changes in the faculty. Not until the graduate school of Atmospheric Sciences was established in 1982, did the number of faculty members increase and the department step into a rapid expansion stage again. In the 1980s, due to quick economic growth in Taiwan, the environment for teaching and research has improved. Also, the Central Weather Bureau has stepped in to a modernized and computerized stage. Meanwhile, the influence of our teachers on domestic atmospheric sciences has been more and more significant. For instance, several professors headed by Ching-yen Tsay dedicated themselves to developing a numerical weather prediction system with the Central Weather Bureau and participated in domestic weather prediction modernization. In 1987, lead by Prof. George Tai-jen Chen, all faculty and meteorological administrators conducted a Taiwan Area Mesoscale Experiment (TAMEX), which was designed for mesoscale meteorology of heavy rain.The graduate program offering PhD degrees was set up in July, 1987. Our department can offer complete training from the Bachelors to the PhD level. Since the studies in the atmospheric environment field have been increasingly emphasized, our department divided the graduate program in M.S. degrees into two groups. Group A majored in Atmospheric Sciences, and Group B majored in Atmospheric Environment. The establishment of Group B not only enhanced the studies in the atmospheric environment field but also offered another channel for non-major undergraduates pursuing advanced studies. From 2002, Group A has been available for graduates majoring in the Atmospheric Sciences related field while Group B is for non-majors. Thus, talent from different backgrounds can be recruited. Recently, teaching and research in both software and hardware have been improved. Endeavoring to cultivate talents in atmospheric sciences, our department has 18 full-time teachers (including 2 jointly appointed teachers), 20 students in the PhD program, 83 students in the Masters program (40 in Group A and 53 in Group B), and 140 students in the Undergraduate program.

Years Events
1946 The Meteorological Research Center of the Department of Agronomy was established
1955 The Department of Geography of the College of Science was establishedTwo sections in the department: a Geography Section and a Meteorology Section.
1972 Independent department named the Department of Atmospheric Sciences
1982 MS program was established
1987 PhD program was established
1989 The Graduate program divided into two groups: Group A (majoring in Atmospheric Sciences) and Group B (majoring in Atmospheric Environment).
2002 The groups in the Graduate program changed to Group A (available for Atmospheric Sciences majors) and Group B (available for non-majors)

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Former Chairmen Yu-chin Kang Ken-chung Chou Ching-yen Tsay George Tai-jen Chen Lin Ho
Tenures 1972~1976 1977~1981 1982~1988 1989~1991 1992~1993
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Former Chairmen Wen-shung Kau Cheng-shang Lee Ben Jong-Dao Jou Huang-Hsiung Hsu JEN-PING CHEN
Tenures 1994~1995 1996~1998 1999~2001 2002~2004 2005~2007
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Former Chairmen CHUN-CHIEH WU I-I LIN      
Tenures 2008~2013 2014~      

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