Ts'ui-jung Liu, "Climate Changes and Water Resources: The Case of Taiwan "


Monday, April 22, 2013, 4:15pm

Location: CGIS Knafel Building, Room K262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Harvard University

Climate Changes and Water Resources: The Case of Taiwan
Ts’ui-jung Liu,
Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica

Water is essential to life and central to the welfare and sustainable development of society. The movement of the water cycle, also known as the hydraulic cycle, is sensitive to climate change. Ts’ui-jung Liu will give a general description of climatic conditions and water resources in Taiwan and then focus on climatic disasters caused by typhoons and droughts. Ts’ui-jung will discuss how people utilized water resources and produced wastewater, as well as controlled pollution, during these disasters.
Based on historical experiences, Taiwan should devote more efforts to protect water sources, control water pollution, and promote water conservation. From a global perspective, a great challenge in the twenty-first century is how to provide enough food, clean water, sanitation, and health care for all the people in the world. The impacts of climate change on water resources are important issues that should be carefully considered.

Ts’ui-jung Liu is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, and she was appointed one of Academia Sinica’s vice president in 2003 and 2006. She was elected an academian of Academia Sinica in 1996. Her research at Academia Sinica focuses on economic history, population history, and environmental history. Born at Changhua in central Taiwan, Dr. Liu earned a BA and an MA in history from the National Taiwan University; an MA in East Asia regional study and a PhD in East Asian history and languages from Harvard University. She has published three books and more than 60 articles in journals and symposiums.