MOU between Central Geological Survey, MOEA and NMNS
NMNS, December 13, 2017 － On December 13, 2016, the Museum Director Sun Wei-hsin and CGS Director Chiang Chong-rong signed the agreement of Memorandum of Understanding between the NMNS and the Central Geological Survey, MOEA, furthering the cooperation in the fields of research, education and training, knowledge exchange and technological development in the multidisciplinary areas of geoscience. Along with the two Directors, Deputy Directors of the two parties also attended the convention signing ceremony in the morning, standing ready to enhance the cooperation between the two parties.
The Central Geological Survey (CGS), under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), is the only government agency responsible for geological surveys and geoscience research in Taiwan. Fundamental work carried out by the CGS includes geological surveys, research, and compilation of geological map sheets providing key geological information. It is also involved in investigation with regard to geological hazards and active faults.
The Museum and CGS have long ties in the field of geoscience extending back to the Chi-chi 921 Earthquake in 1999, when CGS launched a series of projects to investigate the detailed data to better understand each active fault in Taiwan. The current site of the Museum’s Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park at Chushan was one of their assigned trench excavations.
Built on over twenty years of close collaboration, this agreement centers on geological exploration which encompasses a series of hands-on learning activities and lesson plans to use in the earth science programs for the Museum visitors. Issues on soil liquefaction, downhills, volcanos as well as engineering and subsurface geology are all included, which will offer our public a valuable tool for better understanding of the geological environment and potential geotechnical problems in Taiwan. There are many more to be expected.
At the signing ceremony of the MOU, CGS Director Chiang Chong-rong presented the original maps of “Geological Map of Taiwan Showing Mineral Distribution” published in 1926 and “Active Fault Map of Taiwan” published in 2012, and the series of 1:50,000 scale geological map sheets to the Museum as gifts.
“At this moment of celebration, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to CGS,” said Sun at the signing ceremony, “This MOU commits us to work together more closely towards our common goal, the pursuit of strengthening Taiwan's geoscience education. In particular, I would like to thank Director Chiang and his many colleagues. Their insights, goodwill and friendship have made the signing of this MOU a reality.”