Our school is engaged in comprehensive long lead-time research fundamental to Sun Yat-sen University’s mission. Based on the development strategy of the establishment of large scientific research platform, huge scientific research team and large research projects, our school started “climate change and respond research platform”. Our scientists aim to make a significant breakthrough in the understanding of (1) the key dynamic, thermodynamic, chemical, and biological processes and mechanism of climate change, (2) climate change simulation, prediction, and uncertainty of prediction, (3) balance between sustainable development and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
There are 4 research teams in the school. They are
(1) “One-Belt-One-Road" climate Change and Sustainable Development team
(2) Weather and Climate Research team in the South China Sea and the Surrounding Areas
(3) Research Team of Land-Air Interaction
(4) Atmospheric Environmental Research in the South China Sea and the Surrounding Areas
Guangdong Province Climate Change and Natural Disaster Studies Key Laboratory
The Guangdong Province Climate Change and Natural Disaster Studies Key Laboratory was founded in March 2016, directed by Prof. Song Yang. The laboratory’s mission is to get advance scientific understanding of climate change and natural disaster. Their research matters are the mechanism, prediction and response strategies of regional climate change and meteorological disaster over the Guangdong province and Pearl River Delta region. The laboratory, supported by Tianhe-2 supercomputer located in National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou, takes the advantage of multidisciplinary research which involves the meteorology, oceanography, environtology, geology, hydrology, ecology, supercomputing, etc., and uses massive global observed data to reveal characteristics and laws of multi-scale climate change and natural disasters. Using and developing world-leading computer models of the earth system, to implement the climate-environment-ecology coupled simulation and prediction. Based on the basic understanding of regime and predictive feasibility of global climate change, more detailed study of regional weather and climate change, meteorological hydrological disasters, atmospheric-hydrological pollution, natural ecology, urban environment, should be intensively studied, especially over the Guangdong Province and the Pearl River Delta region. The laboratory also focuses on the development of the local applicable numerical prediction model and brings the benefit of that to the disaster evaluation system. The goal of this research is to improve the capabilities of climate adaptation and disaster prevention and mitigation efficiently.
Institute of Earth Climate and Environment System
The Institute of Earth Climate and Environment System，Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 2014, directed by Prof. Song Yang. The institute’s mission is to improve the understanding of the global climate change and the related sustainable environment development, particularly on (1) tropical climate response and feedback to the global climate change, (2) changes in major disaster on the background of global climate, (3) the impact of global climate change on the environment, ecology, health and economy and (4) the effect of changes in multi-sphere layer climate and .environment on the sustainable development over the South China, the South China Sea and the surrounding areas. More than 100 papers have been cited by SCI and 40 papers by EI. Long-term academic communications with Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, Guangzhou Institute of Tropical and Marine Meteorology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Nanjing University, University of Hawaii, University of Maryland have been started. About 40 domestic and foreign experts come to visit and give seminars every year.
Center for Monsoon and Environment Research
The Center for Monsoon and Environment Research (CMER), Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 2003, directed by Prof. Zhiping Wen. CMER provides a joint research and education center for studying the issues of monsoon, climate, and environment that the societies of East/South Asian countries and regions are facing. Based on the well-established regional observations, data analyses, dynamical diagnoses and numerical modeling, CMER has fostered a wide range of monsoon-related research works, particularly on (1) summer monsoon and the roles of ocean- and land-atmosphere interactions, (2) general circulation in tropical regions, (3) meso- and micro-scale meteorology, (4) boundary-layer meteorology and atmospheric environment and (5) global climate change and its regional response. More than 100 peer-reviewed papers have been published on the prestigious journals in atmospheric sciences. The CMER has 11 faculty members (5 professors, 4 associate professors, and 2 lecturers) and 10 guest professors. More than 180 Master students and 18 PhD students have completed their theses in CMER. The CMER also has established a long-term collaboration relationship with a number of universities and research institutes in USA, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. It has hosted international conferences and workshops on the monsoon-related research. We sincerely welcome you join us or collaborate with us.
Institute of Environmental Meteorology
The Institute of Environmental Meteorology, Sun Yat-sen University is established in November 2002, directed by Prof. Shaojia Fan. The Institute is mainly engaged in the observation and application research on the environmental meteorology over the Pearl River delta of China. More than 10 national important research projects and more than 40 research projects are entrusted by the government departments and enterprises. More than 60 papers have been published on the prestigious journals in atmospheric sciences. The institute participated research project “Technical system of regional air pollution study and its application in the Pearl River Delta” which won the second prize of national science and technology progress award of China in 2010.