Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA)

What is COAA

The Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA) is a non-profit and charitable organization (Combined Federal Campaign Agency Designation No. 60027) that operates under the Public Benefit Corporation Law for scientific purposes. Elected yearly at annual meetings, the Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Ocean and Atmosphere Program Chairs, and Directors in Membership, Publicity, and Publication. Special Committees and Regional Coordinators are assigned by the Board to promote membership drive and networking in areas outside of Washington DC.

COAA Mission

To network ocean and atmosphere professionals in establishing a forum based on common interests;

To facilitate professional contacts;

To improve qualification and occupational opportunities.

COAA History

COAA was started in 1993 by a group ambitious scientists. Please read an article pulished in Washington Chinese Daily News by previous COAA president, Hsing-hua (Eddie) Shih, to celebrate COAA's 25th anniversary

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COAA strongly condemns recent violence and hate crimes targeting Asian Americans. We join all people in the United States who defend American values of equality, diversity, and unity to call for action against the surge in anti-Asian crimes. We fully endorse the statement from United Chinese Americans (UCA), which calls for the federal government, law enforcement, and local communities to take action together to combat the increasing anti-Asian crimes.


COAA Upcoming Activities

COAA Latest Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

COAA News or Highlights

Dr. Zhanqing Li Joins National Research Council's Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
Congratulations to Professor Zhangqing Li of University of Maryland, College Park, who has been appointed to the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Academies. Professor Li is a long-time member of COAA and served as the President of COAA in 2013.

In Memory of Professor Kuo-Nan Liou
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Prof. Kuo-Nan Liou, an honorary member and strong supporter of COAA, on Saturday, March 20, 2021. As a prominent international academic leader in the field of atmospheric sciences, Prof. Liou actively participated in COAA activities and was a steadfast advocate for Chinese-American oceanographers and atmospheric scientists. He has provided tremendous amounts of guidance and advice to early-career and mid-career scientists in both academics and personal life. His wisdom has been and will always be a great treasure for Chinese-American scientists. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

COAA March 2021 Reserch Highlights
Chinese-American Climate Scientist Mingfang Ting Rides the (Rossby) Wave of Discovery.

COAA Recent Activities

Fall Virtual Seminar: Career Paths in Earth Science
Time: September 25, 2021 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT (Virtual meeting through webex)

June 26, 2021 1:00-3:00 PM EST COAA workshop "Conversation with NSF Program Managers" (Virtual meeting through webex)

Jan 30, 2021 1:00-4:15 PM EST COAA 2021 Annual Meeting (Virtual meeting through webex)

Sep 26, 2020 COAA Joint Fall Workshop - Paths to Successful Careers (Virtual Workshop through webex)

June 13, 2020 COAA 2020 Workshop for Early Career Grant Programs (Virtual Workshop through webex)

Jan.14, 2020 - 2020 COAA Dinner Reception during the AMS meeting at Boston, MA

Photo: 2020 AMS Dinner Photo: 2020 AMS Dinner

Sep.14, 2019 - Mid-Autumn Festival Family & Friends Day

Jul.10-12, 2019 The 8th COAA International Conference on Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Change (ICAOCC) was successfully held at NUIST (Nanjing, China). There are 11 topics and over 200 participants. This conference has been reported in the media, inluding The SKYLINE , China Meteorological Administration, and

Photo: The 8th COAA conference

Feb. 9, 2019 - Celebrate the coming Chinese New Year (CNY)