About us

  Construction started on the CAS Center for Ocean Mega-Science, and CAS Qingdao Science and Education Park.

  IOCAS led a nationwide survey on the cost of corrosion, and devised control strategies, having investigated the corrosion status of 30-plus industrial sectors. Its work informed selection of materials for major engineering projects, and the safe operation of key infrastructure.

  CAS’s first strategic priority programme on oceanology, Western Pacific Ocean System: Structure, Dynamics and Consequences, was launched, leading to a series of breakthroughs that established China's leadership in tropical Western Pacific research.

  A new-generation research vessel, Kexue, as a key science and technology infrastructure in China's 11th Five-Year Plan, was launched by IOCAS. Designed and built in China, it represents a bold new age of deep-sea exploration.

  The Northwestern Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment (NPOCE), the first international programme on ocean science hosted by IOCAS, was initiated. It set out to unravel the dynamics of ocean circulation in the West Pacific and its role in climate change, through joint international observations, process studies, and numerical simulations.

  IOCAS initiated research on the cause of marine ecological disasters, and control strategies, leading to findings on the formation and evolution of red tides, jellyfish blooms and green tides, as well as a modified clay technology for mitigating red tides.

  CAS member, Dunxin Hu, and his team discovered and named the Mindanao Undercurrent, transforming traditional understanding of the dynamic structure of the Western Pacific circulation.

  CAS member, C. K. Tseng, and his team proposed the idea of ‘farming and ranching of the sea’, leading to China’s mass cultivation of kelp, shrimps, scallops and other marine aquaculture products.

  CAS member, Yunshan Qin, and his team presented sedimentary patterns of China’s continental shelves. They charted the first complete sediment classification map of shelves of China, including Bohai, Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea.

  China’s first marine research vessel, Jinxing, was launched in IOCAS, marking a new chapter for comprehensive, multidisciplinary marine research. It supported China’s first national oceanographic survey.

  IOCAS became the first in China to initiate graduate programmes in marine science. It was authorized to confer doctorate degrees in 1981, and established China’s first postdoctoral programme on oceanology in 1988.

  Qingdao Marine Biology Laboratory was established at the CAS Institute of Hydrobiology as a first of its kind in China. It was later expanded into IOCAS, a comprehensive oceanology research centre.