In order to resolve the major issues such as flood, drought, typhoon, landslide ,etc., that related to extreme hydrometeorology events, the cross and integration between hydrology and meteorology must be enhanced. The major of hydrometeorology emerges as the time requires. Nowadays, only Russia, Sweden, British and Ukraine have the research institutes on hydrometeorology.
Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) is an active research university. School of Hydrometeorology was established in June, 2011, which is the first school of Hydrometeorology in China. The aims of the school are to resolve the major issues that related to extreme hydrometeorological disasters with respect to the infrastructures and the national economy in China, to train a number of interdisciplinary research talents in hydrometeorology, to set up a world class research team, to educate young talents towards the establishment of a new academic subject of hydrometeorology as well as the establishment of a new major of hydrometeorology in China, and to promote international science and technology exchanges in the related areas.
Staff and students
The dean of our school, Professor Lin Bingzhang, is a chief scientist in hydrometeorology and many relevant fields at NOAA, US. He has worked in hydrometeorology area for about 20 years in US. He is also the first postgraduate student in hydrometeorology educated by one domestic university in China.
Now the school owns master and doctoral programs in atmospheric science (hydrometeorology) and bachelor program in hydrometeorology. There are 18 full-time faculty members, 13 of them are teachers, and there is one professor and two associate professors. In September 2011, our school has recruited the freshmen undergraduate (40), postgraduate (master (7) and doctoral (1)) students majored in hydrometeorology. In the future, we will enrich our discipline contents and enlarge our scale.
Teaching and learning
Now, the school of hydrometeorology has been a teaching organization and Applied Hydrometeorology Research Institute (AHMRI) as well as a research institute, which consists of Hydrometeorological Science and Research Lab (HSRL, focused on science and research of hydrometeorology), Engineering Hydrometeorological Application Lab (EHAL, focused on application of hydrometeorology in engineering and economic production), Climate Change Strategy Lab (CCSL, focused on long term impacts of climate change on hydrometeorology and strategy) and Flash Flood Research Center (FFRC).
Leading by Dean Lin Bingzhang, our school now undertakes two projects with Special Fund for Scientific Research in the public Interest, granted by the Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Science &Technology.One contract research project is from Civil Engineering Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the other project is supported by the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation etc. A project from the “12th Five-Year Plan” to support science and technology program and the collaboration with Taiwan are both in preparation.