Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA)

Message from the COAA President

Dear COAA members, Friends and Colleagues:

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the board of COAA had canceled the traditional Spring-Festival luncheon meeting. But we have made a smooth and orderly transition of the Board of directors through online meetings.

It is a great honor for me to serve as President of COAA for the year 2020. Thanks to the great vision of the founders, the leadership of previous presidents, and altruistic contributions by numerous board members, COAA has been going strong since 1993 for almost three decades. Now we have over 800 members from many different countries, and three regional Chapters in Southern California, Colorado and Northwest. Most importantly, COAA has become a cohesive and inclusive community to unite the ethnic Chinese scientists in Ocean and Atmosphere-related fields from all over the world. I'm thrilled and humbled by your election to serve this community.

Although my COAA Presidency begins in 2020, I had the opportunity to work with the 2019 Board members when planning the 8th ICAOCC Conference in 2019 and the AMS reception in early 2020. During this period, I witnessed the spirit and hard work of all the board members, and their enthusiasm for serving the COAA community. Thanks to their dedicated work, both of these major events were extremely successful. Please join me to congratulate them and thank their services.

The primary mission of COAA is to promote studies of ocean- and atmosphere-related sciences and technologies by facilitating communication and collaboration between ethnic Chinese scientists, researchers, scholars and students in these fields. To fulfill this mission goal, each year COAA sponsors a series of activities including seminars and workshops, mid-autumn moon festival picnic, Ping Pong tournament, AMS and/or AGU receptions, and international conferences on oceanic and atmospheric sciences. As President of 2020, I will work along with the Board members to continue these traditional activities to promote the core values of COAA. This year is the beginning of a new era. Looking into the future, there are both great opportunities and challenges facing COAA. It is important and a good time to reexamine and reimagine ourselves, and plan for a more vibrant future for COAA.

In the end, I would like to say that COAA is "by us and for us". With your support and only with your support will we be able to sustain this community and ensure a bright future for it. We welcome and forward to your participation and support of COAA's activities and events. Thank you!

Sincerely Yours,


Zhibo Zhang

President of COAA (2020)


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