Currently the School has two programs (yet to be expanded): Physical Oceanography and Marine Meteorology, from which the students can gain excellent scientific training, toward a mastery of marine meteorology, physical oceanography, ocean survey and prediction, air-sea interaction, and so forth. The core courses include Marine Meteorology, Physical Oceanography, Ocean Modeling and Simulation, Dynamic Meteorology, Weather Forecast, Atmospheric Physics, Ocean Survey Methods, among others. Students through the training are generally experienced in practical problem-solving, while in the mean time possess a solid background in mathematics and physics. They are expected to play important roles in a wide variety of fields such as marine meteorology, climate science, Navy operational oceanography, ocean monitoring, environmental protection, natural resource exploitation and management, etc.
So far the School has 25 members on the faculty; among them there are 1 Jiangsu Chair Professor and 9 Professors in a variety of fields. Besides, 7 renowned international scholars have joined us as guest professors. By statistics, over 50% of the faculty members have educational backgrounds or work experiences in Western countries; more than one third have been awarded with different teaching prizes.
The School has an active academic atmosphere, with a variety of leading research programs. Our current foci are mainly on air-sea interaction, ocean modeling and data assimilation, remote sensing, fundamental geophysical fluid dynamics, marine meteorology, to name a few, through more than 60 major projects funded by China National 863 Programs, National Science Foundation of China, State Oceanic Administration, China Meteorological Administration, among many other agencies.
The School has a sophisticated teaching system, composed of a marine science curriculum, and state-of-the-art teaching facilities. These include a fundamental fluid mechanics laboratory, a water tunnel for wind-wave-current interactions, a computational fluid dynamics laboratory, a marine biology and chemistry laboratory, a planetary fluid dynamic laboratory. Besides, there are eight teaching and research bases nationwide, in collaboration with the sea-grant institutions/organizations, to provide internship opportunities.
Student Training and Career Development:
Our students are extensively trained in marine meteorology and physical oceanography, with strong mathematical and physical bases, interdisciplinary backgrounds, and practical skills. They have won in many intercollegiate scientific competitions and earned earned many honors for the School. Students who seek for advanced degrees are seen everywhere in the institutions of Chinese Academy of Science, State Meteorological Administration, State Oceanic Administration, and other major universities in China and Western countries. Students who enter the job market are also very successful; over 98% of them landed their first jobs immediately after graduation. So far the job opportunities are mainly within State Meteorological Administration, State Oceanic Administration, Bureau of Air Traffic Control, Emergency Response Flight Inc., State Wind Energy Inc., national and local government agencies, in the fields of marine meteorology and others.