Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA)

Message from the COAA President

Happy Year of the Pig - 2019!

It is a great honor for me to serve as President of the Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA) this year. As a networking organization, COAA facilitates professional contact among Chinese-American scholars in the field of oceanic and atmospheric sciences. COAA promotes the exchange of scientific ideas and research results among senior and young scientists. To fulfill this mission goal, each year COAA sponsors a series of activities including seminars and workshops, mid-autumn moon festival picnic, Ping Pong tournament, AMS and/or AGU receptions, and international conferences on oceanic and atmospheric sciences. As President of 2019, I will continue to promote COAA values and, together with the COAA Board members, organize traditional activities that will forge further growth among the COAA family.

A major event that COAA is sponsoring in 2019 is the 8th International Conference on Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Change (ICAOCC), to be held on July 10-12 in Nanjing, China (website: The ICAOCC conference, which convenes every three years, is a major gathering event of Chinese-American oceanic and atmospheric scientists and their international colleagues. The ICAOCC is a premier platform for meteorologists and climatologists from around the world to communicate their research, explore new technologies, inspire new strategies, and identify opportunities for future collaborations with their peers. The 8th ICAOCC Conference focuses on climate change sciences. With severe weather and extreme climate events having become more frequent under the global climate change scenario, ICAOCC will bring together the necessary expertise to understand the impact of climate change and seek scientific solutions on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Although my COAA Presidency begins in 2019, I had the opportunity to work with the 2018 Board members when planning the 8th ICAOCC Conference last year. During this period, I witnessed the spirit and hard work of these young members of the COAA Board, and their enthusiasm for serving the COAA community. Thanks to the dedicated work and contributions of this young generation of oceanic and atmospheric scholars, I see a promising and bright future for COAA. I am excited that nearly the entire 2018 Board are staying on in 2019. It is my privilege to continue to work with them throughout the year to serve the COAA community.

Together we will make COAA a vibrant and rewarding community!

Cheng-Zhi Zou

President of COAA (2019)

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