Global Change and Regional Ocean Response

Focusing on frontier scientific issues such as the influences of global changes on air-sea interactions, we integrate tech innovation and interdisciplinary knowledge to study the biogeochemical cycles of marine elements such as carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and iron in typical polar regions, oceans, and offshore regions. We aspire to reveal the mechanism of sea-air-ice interface exchanges as well as its ecological and climatic effects, so that we can assess the impact and vulnerability of global changes and regional ocean responses, developing adaptive countermeasures.

Area 4 Marine-Atmospheric Biogeochemical Cycles

We carry out research on the biogeochemical cycles, source-sink patterns, and interface exchanges of important biogenic elements in marine environments such as carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and iron. We explore the influences of human disturbance on these biogenic elements and the relevant ecological effects. We also aim to unravel the origins, formation, migration and transformation of marine atmospheric aerosols and biogenic gases, as well as their effects on marine ecological environments. In addition, we aspire to recover the records of paleoclimatic and ecological changes in the circulation and mutation of important biogenic elements.

Area 5 Regional Ocean Responses and Adaptation to Global Changes

We study the source-sink patterns of greenhouse gases in regional oceans as well as the distribution and climate effects of marine atmospheric aerosols, aiming to reveal how ocean acidification affects marine ecosystems and chemical environments. We investigate the impacts of ocean warming, sea level rise, and storm tides on the coastal China areas and engineering projects, assess the vulnerability of coastal and marine ecosystems to the compound risks in the context of climate change, and study adaptive measures to address climate change.