|Laboratory of Marine Science and Numerical Modeling (MASNUM)|
The former of the laboratory was built in 1965, Hydrometeorological Research Center, and in 1986, Key Laboratory of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. In 1997, the Key Laboratory of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Numerical Modeling (LAGFD) was established in the State Oceanic Administration, China. Since 2001, the current name, Laboratory of Marine Science and Numerical Modeling (MASNUM), has been employed.
The main aspect of MASNUM is to meet the need in economy construction, maritime rights and interests and military security of China. The objectives of the laboratory are to promote the understanding of the offshore of China and global oceans, to increase the contribution of marine study to national sustainable development. The laboratory is engaged mainly in the researches on physical oceanography and related marine environment sciences. Various techniques, such as field survey, numerical modeling and marine information techniques, are comprehensively employed to investigate the exploration of generation and development mechanisms of physical oceanography phenomena. In recent years, the laboratory has developed advanced ocean wave numerical model, ecological dynamics model and coupled wind-wave-current model, and has made leading achievements at home and abroad in the research fields of ocean waves, the Kuroshio, offshore circulation, tide and tidal current, etc. The laboratory also provides high quality application services for coastal engineering, offshore oil and gas fields, and maritime safety.
The laboratory has 58 full-time scientists, including two academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, one specially-employed academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one academician of the American Academy of Engineering (also the Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering), 11 professors, and 12 associate professors. The researchers below age of 45 account for 90% of all, including 20 doctors. There are 6 researchers granted special government allowances and 2 awarded the Bai-Qian-Wan talents.
The laboratory is equipped with super computers with the speed of over 18 trillion times per second and 350T storage ability, and other advanced marine survey instruments worth a total of more than 50 million yuan.
In recent years, the laboratory has taken part in more than 10 important international cooperation projects, initialized and promoted the China-Indonesia cooperation in marine technology. 4 researchers are the members of international organizations.
◆ Subject Directions and Major Research Fields：
1．Oceanography dynamics in the Chinese offshore area, polar region and global oceans
● Formation and variation mechanisms of major marine phenomena and circulation systems in the Chinese offshore area, polar region and global oceans;
● General ocean circulation, mass transport and its ecological effect;
● Land-sea-air interaction and climate changes.
2．Ocean survey and experiment techniques
● Sound, light and electricity measurement techniques;
● Wave tank and physical model experiments;
● Survey technique application and data process in oceanography.
3．Ocean numerical modeling
● Numerical computing scheme and data analysis;
● Wind-wave-current interaction mechanism and coupled numerical model;
● Application systems including database, base model group, application model group and data assimilation technique.
4．Marine information system
● Database, visualization and system integration techniques;
● Application information systems in climate forecast, disaster prediction, engineering oceanography and military security, etc.