Core Programmes

Climate and Environmental Changes Programme

This programme focuses on investigating the impacts of climate change on the environment on spatial scales ranging from urban centers to continents, and temporal scales from days to centuries. We examine secular changes in the behaviour of extreme weather events, as well as the interactive physical, chemical and biological processes in the air-sea-land environment, with a particular emphasis on the Greater Bay Area, China and East Asia. Implications of climate change on air and water pollution, human health, ecosystem and agricultural productivity are explored. Extensive use is made of computer earth system models of various resolutions and complexities, observational climate datasets, field experiments, remote sensing platforms, and geoinformation technologies. Specific attention is devoted to the development and improved representation of key processes and mechanisms in computer models, as well as the projections of climatic and environmental states in the Greater Bay Area under different socioeconomic scenarios. Our investigators have been working closely with various research units in the University and institutions throughout the globe. Our scientific findings provide pertinent information for planning, policy-making and formulation of adaptation and management strategies in tackling daunting challenges of climate change.

Energy Technology and Conservation Programme

Since 2013, we established a multi-disciplinary team to start a 5-year research project “Smart Solar Energy Harvesting, Storage and Utilization” (total project fund HK$76 million). So far we obtained 7 world-record performance technologies, published more than 210 international journal papers and filed 10 technology patents, putting Hong Kong on the map.

A commercial-scale facility for the fabrication of CIGS solar cells and modules was constructed and the technology was transferred to a start-up company, with a production capacity of 2MW/year. The team also successfully established a technique named “non-stoichiometric acid-base reaction (NABR)” to significantly improve the stability of MAPbI3 perovskite thin films, which sheds light on the development of highly efficient perovskites solar cells with low cost and high stability. Furthermore, they discovered an innovative material - micro-fibrous red phosphorus - to make clean hydrogen fuel by simply exposing water to sunlight.

Sustainable Environment Programme

Many impoverished villages in southwestern China are located in mountainous areas where transportation is inconvenient, development lags behind, and resources are scarce. Basic necessities are often short. The programme aims to gather professional knowledge and manpower from one higher institution to help improve the environment and livelihood of one village in its living conditions, public health, education, and economy, strategically, systemically and sustainably. The research and projects under this programme include village improvement work, bridge building and new rammed-earth building system.

Environmental Policy and Governance Programme

Recognizing the importance of political and distributive considerations in environmental policy-making, this programme, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, will draw on the expertise of faculty members to identify and remove hurdles in policy formulation and implementation. Particular attention will be given to issues which may enhance policy implementation and enhance social cohesion, such as strategies of public engagement, environmental and social movement in post-modern age and NIMBYism. The programme will also provide timely commentaries on environmental issues and controversies and advice to the government if and when requested.

Community Outreach Programme

The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (MoCC), funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, was established in December 2013 at CUHK. It is the first museum of its kind in the world offering an interactive, multimedia exhibition that showcases valuable collections and information about climate change. It is the ideal venue for the public to champion the cause of environmental stewardship and keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in environmental conservation and sustainability.

Vision

The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change strives to become a recognized, valued contributor to positive changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in relation to climate change throughout Hong Kong and beyond.

Mission

  • To reach out to and inform more people in Hong Kong and elsewhere about the latest developments in climate change issues
  • Through a host of initiatives and projects, to encourage and enable Hong Kong people of all ages and from all walks of life to get involved in carbon-reducing action and living a green lifestyle