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State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics (SOED) was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology in July 2006, and was reviewed in December 2009. SOED was established on the existing Laboratory of Ocean Dynamic Processes and Satellite Oceanography (LOPSO), gathering talents of traditional disciplines of physical ocean, marine remote sensing and marine ecological environment at the Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration. The founding director of SOED was Dr. CHEN Dake, now an academician member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

    Motivated by vital national needs for protecting maritime rights and interests and for disaster prevention and mitigation, and with the goals of improving technology and theory used for establishing three-dimensional marine environmental monitoring and prediction systems, staff at SOED carries out research on satellite marine environment dynamics, with an emphasis on application. The lab creates unique marine science and technology platform with distinctive international influences. There are three main research themes at SOED: Technology and Application of Satellite Remote Sensing, Ocean Dynamic Processes and Ecosystems, Ocean Circulation and Climate Change. And there are four public platforms: Satellite Ground Station, Argo Data Center, Marine Instrument Sharing Platform, and Computer Center. These public platforms serve marine observation data not only to researchers but also to marine laboratories nationwide.

    There are currently 99 members at SOED, including two academicians of CAS, one academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), one member of “National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talents Project,” two members of national “Ten Thousand Talents Plan,” one member of “National Funds for Distinguished Young Scholars,” one member of “Youth Science and Technology Innovation Leader,” 18 members of provincial and ministerial talents programs. There is a well-structured scientific team, with highly qualified senior staff as academic leaders and talented young scientists as the backbone.

Brief History

  • Four SOED supporting platforms are expanding and relocating to Lin'an


  • 2015

    CHEN Dake elected as CAS Academician

  • Creative Research Group of the MOST awarded


  • 2014

    Creative Research Group of the NSFC awarded

  • “Research and application of satellite remote sensing key technology of coastal complex water environment” awarded the Second Prize of National Science & Technology Progress Award


  • 2011

    Marine Instruments Sharing Platform received an award from MOF

  • SOED passed the review organized by MOST


  • 2008

    Shuguang Computer Cluster was ranked in the Top 50 in China

  • SOED moved into the new building


  • 2006

    SOED promoted to State Key Lab of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, with CHEN Dake as the Founding Director

  • PAN Delu was awarded the Special Prize of National Science & Technology Progress Award


  • 2002

    China Argo program initiated

  • PAN Delu elected as CAE Academician


  • 1999

    Laboratory of Ocean Processes and Satellite Oceanography established

  • Su Jilan elected as the Chair of UNESCO/IOC


  • 1997

    “Study on the oceanic application of satellite-borne SAR” awarded the Third Prize of National Science & Technology Progress Award

  • “Sino-Japan Comprehensive Study of the Kuroshio” awarded the Second Prize of the National Science & Technology Progress Award


  • 1991

    SU Jilan elected as CAS Academician

  • Su Jilan elected as the Chair of WESTPAC/IOC


  • 1988

    Hangzhou Satellite Receiving Station established

  • Sino-Japan Joint Study on the Kuroshio dynamics


  • 1960-1979

    Three research groups focusing on Hydrometeorology, Ocean Remote Sensing, and Coastal Zone