School of Atmospheric Science（SAS） was formed in 1960 to offer admission to undergraduate students majoring in weather dynamics. In 1978, it was authorized to offer Master's Degree program for weather dynamics and climatology majors. In 1993, SAS started program for Doctor's Degree in the major of weather dynamics. In 1998, it was approved as a class A disciplinary unit which was authorized to grant doctoral degree and set up post-doctoral workshops in the next year. School of Atmospheric Science accommodates one National Key Primary Discipline (Atmospheric Science).
SAS has four departments: Department of Synoptic Meteorology, Department of Numerical Modeling, Department of Climatology, and Department of Climate Change. Currently we have a team of 115 dynamic and enterprising faculty and staffs, including 75 academic teachers (among them are 67 PhD holders, 24 professors, 22 associate professors, 18 PhD tutors, 19 MA tutors) and 22 professional practice tutors. All faculties under age of 40 hold PhD degree. We have also invited 21 renowned oversea experts to work as contract-based part-time tutors. The School offers a full range of programs: 2 BA program in Atmospheric Science and Climatology, 2 MA programs in meteorology and climate system & global change, and 2 PhD programs in meteorology, climate system and global change. About 1972 undergraduate students are currently registered for BSc degrees involving meteorology; a further 359 postgraduate students are registered for research, MSc degrees, and 84 doctoral candidates are registered for PhD degrees.
SAS boasts several basic and key laboratories such as State Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disasters (jointly supported by Ministry of Education and Jiangsu Province government), Atmospheric Science Experiment and Teaching Center (meteorological observatory), Sino-US Pacific Cyclone Research Center, Center for Data Assimilation Research and Application, and Nanjing Atmospheric Data Center supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China. We have developed 7 distinctive and mature research directions: atmospheric circulation and Climate Dynamics, East Asian Monsoon and Air-Sea-Land Interaction, Data Assimilation Research and Application, Typhoon and Meso-scale Meteorology, Climate Change, Physical Process and Numerical Modeling, Modern Meteorological Technique and Forecasting.
By 2011, SAS had undertaken more than 390 on-going and completed research projects with 96,000,000 RMB supporting funds. Research funding in the College has progressively increased in recent years, which ranks the top of all universities in atmospheric science area in China. In the latest 5 years, our staff have published over 1300 academic articles on first-class journals, among which, one was published in the SCIENCE, more than 200 articles were recruited by SCI, and over 60 recruited by EI.