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Research Overview

Missions and current status 

As the national team specializing in the research of atmospheric science and relevant fields, IAP keeps up with the national S&T development strategy for the future, bases itself on the basic research of atmospheric science and relevant crossing fields and basic research for application, explores the cutting-edge research of international science, pays attention to the crossing and integration between atmospheric science and other related disciplines, and places stress on the integrated study on scientific issues. It’s closely involved in the formulation of major national S&T plans, programs and guides, and its capacity of undertaking national major S&T missions has further improved. It strengthens cooperation with colleges and universities, relevant institutes, local governments and enterprises under the background of cooperative innovation, gives play to its leading and demonstration role in atmospheric science, and facilitates the development of atmospheric science and the transfer and transformation of scientific and technological progress. International exchanges and cooperation have been extensive and effective. In terms of scientific research output, it places stress on the quality rather than on the quantity of publication.

Research programs/project 

IAP has undertaken a series of major scientific research missions in recent five years(2009-2013): Taking charge of 11 973 program, 39 other Level-1 projects of the 973 program; taking charge of 2 863 program and 8 key projects; 1 special innovation project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and 5 National Key Technology R&D Program; 413 National Natural Science Foundation of China program, including: 2 Special Project for Development of Major Scientific Research Instrument and Equipment, 2 Creative Research Groups , 17 Key Programs, 6 Key Projects of Major Research Plan program s, 8 Distinguished Young Scholars Program of NSFC, 2 of Excellent Young Scientist Program of NSFC, 6 Major International Joint Research Projects, and 370 General Programs, Youth Funds and other programs; Taking charge of 19 the Special Fund of Meteorological Research for the Public Interest; taking charge of 1 Special Strategic Priority Research Program (Carbon-Program) under which 4 major carbon-projects are performed in IAP; 2 haze projects of Special Strategic Priority Research Program (Haze Program) are performed in IAP; 2 group projects of Knowledge Innovation Program of CAS, 1 major project of Knowledge Innovation Program of CAS, 2 sub-projects and 21 projects of Knowledge Innovation Program of CAS; more than 30 national defense and military projects; more than 70 local government and enterprise cooperation projects;


In recent five years, the Institute has won 4 prizes of Second Prize of National Science Progress Award as the second and third affiliation It was awarded the honorary title of "Advanced Collective with May 1st Labor Certificate of Central State Organ" for its important contributions to environmental protection during the Olympic Games. The "Research Group on the Formation and Development Mechanism of Dust Storm and its Monitoring, Forecasting and Disaster Assessments" of the Institute won the CAS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011.The project of “Impacts of the Mechanical and Thermal Forcing in the Tibetan Plateau on the Asian Summer Monsoon Onset and Climate Formation” won Tan Kah Kee Earth Science Awards, and “Grazing-induced Reduction of Natural Nitrous Oxide Release from Continental Steppe” won Erwin Schrödinger Prize in 2013. In addition, it has won other 10 provincial and ministerial awards, 8 items of national patent licensing, 3 exterior design patents, and 27 software copyrights, and transferred 1 patent right. 

Theses and publications  

From 2009 to 2013, the research and development personnel of the Institute published a total of 3265 academic papers, of which 1953 were included in SCI (E), accounting for 60% of the total. In addition, 25 monographs were published.

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