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In the long history of the Earth, environmental change and biological evolution has proceeded in a balanced way. However, anthropogenic influence has led to rapid climate change and extinction of species, in particular since the onset of the industrial revolution, thereby accelerating the pace of environmental deterioration and further threatening the survival of human beings. In 1997, delegates from around the world discussed climate change and set up the objectives of Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Under the framework of the 2015 Paris Agreement, scientists worldwide initiated Future Earth, a transnational platform, to explore possible means toward global sustainability. Taiwan is located in an area sensitive to global change and is exposed to multiple risks of natural disasters, such as typhoons, landslides and earthquakes, providing an ideal opportunity to uncover the interactions between environment, biosphere and adaptation measures. As the causes of environmental problems are becoming more complex and their impacts span over geo-political boundaries, interdisciplinary studies and international collaboration are required to generate the knowledge basis needed to resolve the forthcoming challenges.

Established in April 2018,  on the foundation of Global Change Research Center of National Taiwan University, the NTU Research Center for Future Earth (NTU RCFE) integrates outstanding scholars and research capacity from the fields of earth sciences, environmental engineering, ecological resources, and humanities and social sciences to implement four interdisciplinary and proactive research projects. The aims are to investigate the processes of environmental and ecological changes in Taiwan and its neighboring areas, resource integration and interactions of ecological changes, and the impacts on humanity, society, and economic development under different temporal and spatial contexts. The Center expects to “to elaborate local value to pursue global excellence” and to actively research and to develop adaptation technologies in order to establish a sustainable and resilient society. The Center will collaborate with Academia Sinica, National Applied Research laboratories, and National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction to provide courses and training programs, and general education, making the center a cradle to foster students and next generation scientists with literacy in sustainability. To further develop the existing international cooperation, the Center will also actively participate in international organizations such as Belmont Forum, Future Earth, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk. The ultimate aim of Center’s international partnership is to amplify our research capacity on sustainability, and to pursue a vision of a future with humanity in symbiosis with the Earth, by connecting with scientists and international organizations.

Our Missions

Research & innovation - Within the Research Center, we pursue four core themes: climate change, Earth surface dynamics, environmental pollution, and social-ecological systems, to promote academic breakthroughs and technological innovation.

Education - In collaboration with our partnering institutions we integrate faculty across disciplines and resources to advance knowledge in sustainability science. We provide an international graduate program, an interdisciplinary undergraduate course, and training workshops to foster future talent.

Cooperation - We actively promote international programs with our network partners to generate the innovative knowledge needed to resolve complex and trans-national environmental challenges, and to build the capacity for global sustainability.

Advisory Board

The advisory board members of NTU RCFE are distinguished scholars from interdisciplinary fields whose mission is to advise about our developing strategies and to evaluate our operation and performance.

Kuo, Tei-Wei, Vice President for Academics & Research, National Taiwan University
Lee, Fang-Jen, Vice President for Research and Development, National Taiwan University
Chung, Sun-Lin, Academician and Director, Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica
Mii, Horng-Sheng, Professor and Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, National Taiwan Normal University
Huang, Bor-Shouh, Research Fellow, Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica
Kuan, Wen-Hui, Professor, Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology
Lung, Shih-Chun, Research Fellow, Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica 


The NTU RCFE faculty are distinguished scholars who strive to pursue academic excellence and to advance interdisciplinary knowledge in sustainability science.

Chen, Pei-Jen, Professor, Department of Agricultural Chemistry
Environmental chemistry,
Environmental toxicology, and
Environmental biotechnology

Chien, Shiuh-Shen, Professor, Department of Geography
Urban ecology,
Political economy of climate change, and
Geography of globalization

Chiueh, Pei-Te, Professor, Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering
Watershed management,
Evaluation of environmentally friendly materials,
Environmental planning and management, and
Environmental information and decision analysis

Chuang, Ray Y., Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Tectonic geodesy,
Geodynamic modeling,
Crustal deformation,
Application of information technology
Land use monitoring, and
Natural hazards

Hou, Chia-Hung, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering
Environmental nanotechnology,
Colloidal and interfacial science,
Environmental electrochemistry, and
Water-energy technology for sustainability

Huang, Cho-Ying, Professor, Department of Geography
Ecosystem ecology,
Remote sensing of the environment, and
Non-native species

Huang, Jr-Chuan, Professor, Department of Geography
Hydrological process,
Hydrological process simulations in catchment,
Digital terrain analysis, and

Hung, Kuang-Chi, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
History of science,
Science, technology, and society, and
Environmental history

Hung, Po-Yi, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Political ecology,
Food and agriculture,
Development studies, and
Landscape, space and place

Juang, Jehn-Yih, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Surface-atmosphere interactions,
Hydrometeorology environmental/climatic changes,
Impacts of land-use change on the regional climate/environment, and
Environmental monitoring and modeling

Lin, Jen-Jia, Professor, Department of Geography
Land use impacts on transportation,
Transportation impacts on land uses,
Transportation and land use planning,
Social exclusion/inclusion issues, and
City health issues

Lin, Li-Hung, Professor, Department of Geosciences
Geomicrobiology and
Isotope geochemistry

Lin, Yi-Pin, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering
Aquatic chemistry,
Drinking water treatment, and
Environmental redox processes

Lin, Yu-Pin, Professor, Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering
Ecological hydrology monitoring and modeling in drainage basin,
Global change-land use modeling,
Landscape ecology,
System dynamic modeling of wetlands, and
Spatial analysis and modeling

Liou, Ya-Hsuan, Professor, Department of Geosciences
Environmental nanotechnology
Nano particles interface science
Zero-valent metal technology
Environmental engineering and science, and
Soil and groundwater pollution

Lo, Ching-Hua, Director, Professor and Director, Department of Geosciences
Isotope geochemistry and
Earth sciences

Lo, Shang-Lien, Professor, Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering
Water supply and sewage engineering,
Water quality control,
Environmental mathematics,
Soil and groundwater pollution, and
Environmental economics analysis

Löwemark, Ludvig, Professor, Department of Geosciences
Marine geology,
Ichnology, and

Ren, Haojia, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences
Biogeochemical cycling,
Stable isotope geochemistry, and
Paleoclimate and paleoceanography

Shen, Chuan-Chou, Professor, Department of Geosciences
Past and present climate and environment changes,
Isotope geochemistry, and
Uranium-thorium dating technique

Wei, Kuo-Yen, Professor, Department of Geosciences
Marine calcareous microfossils,
Tertiary biostratigraphy,
Paleoceanography, and
Evolutionary paleobiology

Wen, Tzai-Hung, Professor, Department of Geography
Medical geography and spatial epidemiology,
Spatiotemporal modeling of geographical diffusion,
Collective spatial behavior,
Urban environmental sensing and sustainability studies, and
Map and data visualization

Wu, Yih-Min, Professor, Department of Geosciences
Observational seismology,
Real-time seismology, and
Seismic early warning

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