East Asia has now become the third industrialized region of the World, and
anthropogenic emission from this region has been increasing steadily every year.
Also, there has been phenomena of dust storms. Acid rain is having an
environmental impact and is becoming a serious problem which we will have to
solve in the future.
In addition, heavy rain associated with intense cyclones and convective storms often causes
destructive damage in our society. The general public is now concerned with these atmospheric phenomena.
Clearly, there is a need for
better understanding the mechanism of severe rain storms and of the behaviour of
atmospheric pollutants. Improvements in our knowledge in atmospheric environment
together with the reduction of air pollution in the Yellow Sea region are
necessary for the betterment of our society.
It is our intention to carry out an international joint research programme,
especially to increase our knowledge of climate change, dust storms, acid rain and severe rain
storms and this will necessitate encourage joint publications in international
journals. For these reasons we have established the Korea-China Centre for
Atmospheric Research (K-CCAR) in Cheongwon in central Korea (13 October 1993).
In Jannuary 2007, we have re-named to Korea Centre for Atmospheric Environment Research (KCAER).
It is recommended KCAER continue to be supported for
the role they play in scientific and social advancement in 21st century.
International exchanges include activities with NOAA(USA), Peking University, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental
Science, Beijing Normal University, University of East Anglia(UK), Russian
Hydrometeorological Service, Meteorological Research Institute(Japan), National
Institute of Environmental Studies(Japan), and Environment Canada.
- Daily monitoring air pollution (TSP, PM10, PM2.5, CO,
SO2, O3, NOx, HC), during 24-hour for 365 days per
- Monitoring greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, CO,
N2O, SF6) with NOAA, Boulder, CO, U.S.A.
- Monitoring dust storms.
- Monitoring weather elements (T, P, RH, VSBY, Winds, Radiation) during 24-hour.
- Monitoring acid rain, fog, dew and frost.
- Visibility study since 1990.
- Study on severe local storms.
- Study on climate change.
- Satellite observations (NOAA, MTSAT) of air pollution, duststorms and severe
- Ozone research.
- Environmental impact studies, etc.