STEC (Southern Taiwan Earthquake Center) is located in the campus of the
National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi County. The Chiayi County is at the
deformation front of the collision of the Philippine Sea plate and Eurasian
continental Plate, which creates a series of fold and thrust systems and
leads to high seismic activities in the area. The highly populated
southwestern Taiwan has been a crucial area for seismological researches. The STEC has played
the lead role to plan and coordinate studies that include seismicity
monitoring, earthquake precursors and seismic risk evaluation, which are
essential for structural design, and emergency preparedness decisions and
certainly seismic hazard reduction. Currently, the center is also carrying out a
project to deploy a high density seismic array in southern Taiwan to improve
the resolution of various geophysical studies. In addition, the STEC also
devotes to researches related to other natural hazards, such as floods,
poisoning hazards, debris flow, and conducts risk assessments to ensure the
impacts of the abovementioned disasters are minimized.
(2) Research Topics
1.Coordinate with relevant units and institutions for researches focus on
hazard prevention, and the work of integrating resources.
2.Promote international academic exchange programs and cooperation.
3.Promote hazard evaluations and assessments of devastating disasters occur
in southern Taiwan.
1.Assisting in planning at all levels of government agencies that are responsible
for disaster prevention, rescue systems and operation units.
2.Assisting in analyzing disaster potential, risk analysis and scenario
simulation to establish disaster prevention and response information system.
3.Assisting in disaster prevention, preparedness for hazards and drills,
support urgent task.
1.Practical researches, information sharing and the establishment mechanisms
to support maintenance management.
2.Assisting in assessments on operational capacity and demands, evaluations
on the accomplishments of researches conducted by the center.
3.Compile hazard prevention curriculums and teaching materials, personnel
training in programs of disaster prevention, disaster planning. Promote
public education on hazard reduction.
1.Provide necessary aids to evaluate the performance of seismic instruments
from institutions and organizations. Other mission is to deploy high density
seismic array in southern Taiwan.
2.Establish a data storage and management system.
3.When a disaster occurs, the center can deploy a temporary seismic array
The training projects for the STEC focus on the following
- provide knowledge and techniques on deployment
of seismometers in field.
- Seismic data processing.
- Provide workshop and short courses on different
approaches and computer software on seismic risk and hazard estimations.
- Offer earthquake education classes and
workshops for public, such as local communities, schools, local
governments and agencies.
Currently, the STEC has 18
Trillium broadband seismometers, 23 CMG-6TD broadband seismometers, two sets
of MT, one set of instrument for Electrical
Resistivity survey, a PC cluster with 33 computers for efficient seismic
data processing, and four personal computers.
Director：Dr. Chau-Huei Chen
Adjunct Research Fellows：Dr. Kuo-Liang Wen, Dr. Hung-Yuan Yan, Dr.
Ching-Tian Chen, Dr. Wen-Yen Chang, Dr. Wei-Hau Wang, Dr. Sing-Ling Lee, Dr.
Shin-Yuan Hung and Dr. Chi-Feng Hsu
Post doctorial fellowships：Dr. Don-Ciang Wu and Dr. Yu-Lien Yeh
Assistants：Ms. Yi-Chia Su, Mr. Yen-Hsiang Kao and Ms.
↑ The STEC is located in the Room 106
Earthquake Hall, College of Sciences
↑ The hardware
configuration in the STEC, including office area, discussing corner,
and area for seismic instruments.
↑ Seismic data processing equipment: servers, data storage devices
and maintains of seismographs.