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Chinese Scientists Submit National Report to the IUGG Centennial

The Chinese National Committee (CNC) for the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), one of eight associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), has a more than 30-year tradition of submitting national reports to the IUGG General Assembly since CNC-IUGG was established in 1979 and started organizing Chinese scientists to attend IUGG General Assembly every four years.


Upon the opening of IUGG 27th General Assembly on July 8th 2019 in Montreal, Canada, which also marks the 100th anniversary of IUGG, CNC-IAMAS has its national progress report published as a special issue in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. CNC-IAMAS invited some senior scientists from China to review advances and achievements in meteorology and atmospheric sciences in China, mainly for the period 2011–2018, and hence form a special issue.



The special issue includes nine review articles, which cover monsoon (Chen et al., 2019), climate and climate change (Li et al., 2019; Huang et al., 2019), numerical atmospheric modeling (Yu et al., 2019), aerosol physical properties (Zhao et al., 2019a), chemistry–climate interaction (Fu et al., 2019), atmospheric electricity (Qie and Zhang, 2019), weather radar (Zhao et al., 2019b), and meteorological satellites (Zhang et al., 2019).


The cover of the special issue. (Image by AAS)


Semi-arid climate change studies in China (Image by SUN Zhijun)


Nanjing University’s C-band radar (Image by CHEN Gang)


Chinese Meteorological satellites (Image by ZHANG Peng)

Ozone pollution in China (Image by FU Yu)


For various reasons, progress in many other atmospheric scientific topics has not been collected in this report. Nonetheless, this national report shows what the Chinese community has contributed in the past eight years to the international scientific community in meteorology and atmospheric sciences.





Chen, W., L. Wang, J. Feng, Z. P. Wen, T. J, Ma, X. Q. Yang, and C. H. Wang, 2019: Recent progress in studies of the variabilities mechanisms of the East Asian monsoon in a changing climate. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 887–901, 019-8230-y.


Fu, Y., H. Liao, and Y. Yang, 2019: Interannual and decadal changes in tropospheric ozone in China and the associated chemistry–climate interactions: A review. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 975–993,


Huang, J. P., J. R. Ma, X. D. Guan, Y. Li, and Y. L. He, 2019: Progress in semi-arid climate change studies in China. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 922–937,


Li, J. P., F. Zheng, C. Sun, J. Feng, and J. Wang, 2019: Pathways of influence of the Northern Hemisphere mid–high latitudes on East Asian climate: A review. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 902–921,


Qie, X. S., and Y. J, Zhang, 2019: A review of atmospheric electricity research in China from 2011 to 2018. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 994–1014,


Yu, R. C., Y. Zhang, J. J. Wang, J. Li, H. M. Chen, J. D. Gong, and J. Chen, 2019: Recent progress in numerical atmospheric modeling in China. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 938–960,


Zhang, P., and Coauthors, 2019: Latest progress of the Chinese meteorological satellite program and core data processing technologies. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 1027–1045,


Zhao C. S., Y. L. Yu, Y. Kuang, J. C. Tao, and G. Zhao, 2019: Recent progress of aerosol light-scattering enhancement factor studies in China. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 1015–1026,


Zhao, K., and Coauthors, 2019: Recent progress in dual-polarization radar research and applications in China. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 36(9), 961–974,


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