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Message of Administrator

Ms. Liu Yaming, Administrator of CMA

China is one of the countries in the world which are often seriously hit by meteorological disasters. Each year, up to 400 million people are affected by various meteorological hazards such as typhoons, heavy rainfall/snowfall, droughts, dust storms, lightning, hailstorms, frost, high winds, heavy fog, high temperatures, low temperatures and cold injury, tornadoes, as well as secondary disasters induced by heavy rain, including floods, flash floods, landslides, mud flow, etc.. The total economic loss is equivalent to 1%-3% of GDP. Therefore, it is of highly practical significance to provide accurate and timely weather forecasts and warnings, and to improve the capability of the whole society in preventing disastrous events for ensuring the maximum protection of people's lives, property, economic development and social progress.


Situated in East Asia, facing the West coast of the Pacific Ocean, China has a land area of about 9,600,000 km2 and a sea area of more than 4,700,000 km2. China spans across five climate zones, featuring a monsoon climate, and abundant climate resources. Exploration of wind and solar energies, agro- and eco- climate resources, and atmospheric water resources has a huge potential, which would have enormous economic, environmental and ecological value when these resources are transferred into practical productivity.


Climate change has led to a shortage of water resources, extensive droughts, sea level rise, glacier retreat, desertification, food output fluctuation and epidemic disease, which have posed serious threats to food, energy, water resources, ecological environment and public health. This affects the survival and development of mankind, and deeply hinders our security. It is a common issue faced by human societies, a currently high profile international issue, and a realistic threat to China's sustainable economic and social development.

The meteorological service falls into a category of fundamental public good, which is based on relevant sciences and technologies and oriented to the whole society. The Chinese Government has always attached great importance to the meteorological service. Under a series of major policies and measures such as The Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China (promulgated on 1 January 2000), Some Comments Made by the State Council on Acceleratin the Development of the Chinese Meteorological Service (GF [2006] No. 3), China's National Climate Change Programme (issued and implemented in Foreword June 2007), Some Comments Made by the General Office of the State Council on Further Strengthening Meteorological Disaster Prevention (GBF [2007] No. 49), and Regulations on Prevention of and Preparedness for Meteorological Disasters. the Chinese meteorological service has made substantial achievements. At present, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has established an integrated meteorological observing system incorporating space-based, airborne and groundbased observations, which has steadily improved the accuracy of weather forecasts and climate predictions. Its operational system has witnessed allround development covering climate change prediction & projection, weather modification, thunderstorm & lightning detection, forecasting and warning, eco- and agro-meteorological forecasts & services, atmospheric composition monitoring and service delivery, and space weather monitoring & warning, etc. All these have quickened the pace of the meteorological modernization, with significant economic, social and ecological benefits being achieved.


Looking forward, the Chinese meteorological work will take scientific development as its theme, and regard change of the development modality as its pathway, adhering to public meteorology as the direction of its development and always giving the highest priority to the further improvement of its meteorological services. We shall continuously pursue in-depth reform and opening-up, and strongly promote scientific and technological innovations in meteorology. According to requirements for accumulating “first-class equipment, technology, human resources and stations”, we shall constantly improve our capabilities in making meteorological predictions and forecasts, in prevention and mitigation of meteorological disasters, in response to climate change, and in exploiting climate resources, in order to build up a world-class advanced meteorological modernization system, and to make a new and even greater contribution to economic development, social progress, all-round construction of a better-off society by providing first-class meteorological services for people’s livelihood and national security, and to the advance of the great socialist cause with Chinese characteristics!