Annual report for the Nansen-Zhu Centre in Beijing

The Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre (NZC), which is located at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP/CAS) in Beijing, is a non-profit joint venture between IAP/CAS, NERSC, the Peking University, Beijing, the University of Bergen, Bergen, and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen. The institute is headed by Prof. Hui-Jun Wang at IAP/CAS, and Prof. Helge Drange at the G. C. Rieber Climate Institute, NERSC.

The aim of NZC is to provide an important platform for international exchanges and to make due contribution to science and technology cooperation between China and Norway, and between China and European countries. The NZC has the ambition to become an internationally acknowledged climate research and training center with emphasis on environmental and climate research.

At the end of 2004, NZC employed a total staff of 38 persons, including 15 PhD candidates.

The center is named in the honor and spirit of the two distinguished scientists Fridtjof Nansen and Zhu Kezhen, the latter founder of modern geography and meteorology in China.