President Tsai visits US National Center for Atmospheric Research and Earth Observing Laboratory

President Tsai Ingwen's Journey of Freedom, Democracy, and Sustainability continued on the morning of July 20 (evening of July 20 Taipei time) with an onsite visit to the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), where she gained a better understanding of TaiwanUS cooperation in the field of meteorology.

Bright and early, President Tsai made her way to NCAR, accompanied by US Senator Cory Gardner and American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty. They were welcomed by a group of Taiwanese scientists, researchers, and students studying abroad led by NCAR Director Everette Joseph, with the students welcoming the president with flowers.

Director Joseph and Taiwan scientist Dr. Kuo Yinghwa gave President Tsai introductory briefings about NCAR and TaiwanUS meteorological cooperation. The president also toured an exhibit of the Formosat3 and Formosat7 satellites.

President Tsai and her group then visited the EOL. Led by Director Joseph, they inspected a C130 tactical aircraft repurposed as a meteorological observation aircraft. Afterward, they walked over to a hangar to see a G5 business jet repurposed for meteorological observation, and boarded the plane. President Tsai's interest was piqued by the plane's radar equipment, and how NCAR is employing it in Taiwan.

Both NCAR and EOL cooperate closely with Taiwan on meteorological research, with analyses and forecasts using atmospheric data gathered by the Formosat3 and recently launched Formosat7 satellites playing a key role. Taiwan and the US are also collaborating on many meteorological observation experiments that can make major contributions to disaster preparedness and mitigation, climate change, and sustainable development.

Formosat7 is the largest cooperative TaiwanUS scientific research project in history, and President Tsai's visit gave her a chance to see Taiwan's space technology research and development capabilities in person. It also allowed her to give special recognition to Taiwan scientists working there, and acknowledge the significance of their longterm efforts to advance scientific development in both Taiwan and the US. President Tsai became the second head of state to visit NCAR, after UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's visit in 1990.

Source: Office of the President, Republic of China (Taiwan)