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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2016, Article ID 1985207, 7 pages
Review Article

National Environmental Meteorological Services in China

1Jiangsu Meteorological Observatory, Nanjing, Jiangsu 21008, China
2National Meteorological Centre of China, Beijing 10081, China

Received 16 November 2015; Revised 28 January 2016; Accepted 29 March 2016

Academic Editor: Renate Forkel

Copyright © 2016 Zhiming Kang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The environmental meteorological services in China are concerned with atmospheric environmental quality, which is directly related to human activities and affects human health. In recent years, air pollution and other environmental problems have attracted nationwide attention in China, so the environmental meteorological services have been developed rapidly. To provide better meteorological monitoring and forecasting services, the Environmental Meteorological Centre of China Meteorological Administration was established in March 2014 by integrating the resources of various national service units. We review the development of China’s national environmental meteorological services and highlight their current status including major technological capabilities. We also explore future trends of the national environmental meteorological services by analysing deficiencies, gaps in supply and demand, and capabilities of the current environmental meteorological services.