Center for Monsoon System Research
1. Brief introduction
Based on the former Center for Short-Term Climate Research, which was founded as a research entity in 1990, Center for Monsoon System Research (CMSR) was established on 30 March 2006. CMSR plays an active role in studies on the variability of the Asian monsoon system and its mechanisms, the interaction between the Asian monsoon and the ENSO cycle, and the physical basis for the East Asian climate system and short-term climate variations in China. As China’s leading center for East Asian monsoon research, CMSR is also an important platform for cooperating with other domestic and international research centers in these fields. CMSR has a regular staff of 35, including one academician, 6 research professors, 17 associate research professors, 5 assistant professors, and 7 post-docs.
2. Main research fields
The climate in China is influenced by the variation of the East Asian Monsoon System, and therefore suffers from the most frequent drought- and flood-related climatic disasters in the world, which cause tremendous economic losses and substantial casualties, impeding the sustainable development of the country. In this respect, it is scientifically significant and highly applicable to study the variations and anomalies of the East Asian monsoon in China, as well as the formation mechanisms of associated severe climatic disasters. CMSR’s main research fields are as follows:
· Variations of the Asian monsoon system and its mechanisms;
· Interaction between the Asian monsoon and ENSO cycle;
· The physical basis for the East Asian climate system and short-term climate variations in China.
Director: CHEN Wen
Deputy Director: WEI Ke and WU Liang
Establishment of the Center for Monsoon System Research on 30 March 2006.