Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA)

Message from the COAA President

Dear COAA members, Friends and Colleagues:

It is my great honor to serve our COAA community for the year of 2021, together with three COAA regional chapter presidents: Yu Gu from the Southern California Chapter, Yuewei Liu from Colorado Chapter, and Muyin Wang from the Northwest Chapter. First of all, I would like to thank our members for your trust and support in COAA. Let me start by wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

The past year has been tremendously challenging for the whole world, the US, and inevitably, the members of our COAA community. However, COAA has risen to the occasion and continued to serve and support our community with various online resources. Thanks to the collective effort of our dedicated board members and volunteers, led by then-president Zhibo Zhang, COAA has pooled resources from the headquarters and all three chapters to host online workshops focusing on proposal development for new investigators and young scientists, scientific paper writing and publishing, community services and leadership development, and practical advices on dealing with possible unwanted scrutiny under the current Department of Justice’s China Initiative. While I am hopeful that we will be able to resume face-to-face interactions soon, we plan to continue using the virtual seminar/workshop format to facilitate communications and collaborations, and to reach out to more members.

COAA is a platform built, maintained, and shaped by its members since 1993. Numerous oceanic and atmospheric scientists have contributed to its growth and benefited from its existence. With the current challenges of a global pandemic and increasing rifts in US society and the political system it reflects, maintaining and growing COAA is all the more important for the benefit of all of us. Please join me in supporting COAA by volunteering, participating and advocating for it.

Thank you,


Xiaowen Li

President of COAA (2021)

Contact email: president AT coaaweb.org


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