Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA)

Message from the COAA President

Happy Year of the Rooster-2017

Our Earth family grows larger and larger; our planet becomes warmer and warmer; and, extreme weather and climate events occur more often and grow more intense. Global agriculture and food security remain a major concern. The Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and NOAA. According to the WMO, “weather and climate extremes have significant impacts on agricultural production in the major breadbaskets of the world. Crop failures lead to increased food prices, with significant implications for national economies.” The increasing frequency and magnitude of extreme weather and climate events, such as floods, droughts, heat waves etc., pose potentially disastrous consequences for the Water, Energy and Food (WEF) nexus.

Under these conditions, the Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA), which has over 600 members, becomes an important non-profit organization focusing on oceanic- and atmospheric-related disciplines. Established in 1993, COAA has become well-established and highly recognized in the U.S., mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Many COAA members have become important leaders and contributors for American, Chinese and international societies. Since 1993, COAA has hosted a total of seven international conferences including the 7th International Conference on Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Change in Beijing, China, on July 27-30, 2016.

During 2017, I will be responsible for the well-being of COAA, and, my task will be to promote more growth in this renowned association.


Jianhe Qu

President of COAA (2017)


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