SKLEC has the same goals as Future Earth Coasts (FEC) to support sustainability and adaptation to global change in the coastal zone. SKLEC believes that FEC will provide a strong platform to support for coastal research in China.
East China Normal University (ECNU), founded in October 1951, is recognized as one of Shanghai’s top public research universities under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, and is included in China’s national education projects, “Project 211” and “Project 985”. ECNU has 29 full-time schools and colleges related to social science, art, education, earth science, life science and technology. It offers doctoral programs in 30 of its first-level disciplines and master’s programs in 37 first-level disciplines, and is authorized to confer 20 professional master’s degrees and doctoral degree in education. It boasts 25 postdoctoral mobile research stations and 83 bachelor’s degree programs. In the field of science, ECNU is also home to two State-level laboratories referred to as State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, and State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy. It is also home to one National Engineering Research Center, one National Field Observation and Research Station, one State-level International Joint Research Center, six Education Ministry Key Labs and Engineering Centers, one International Cooperation Joint Lab of the Ministry of Education, one Strategic Research Base of the Ministry of Education, one Key Research Base of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, one Key Lab of the Press and Publication Administration of China, 10 Shanghai Key Labs and Engineering Research Center, one Shanghai Collaborative Innovation Center, one Shanghai Soft Science Research Base, one Shanghai University Key Lab, and one Shanghai University Engineering Research Center.
State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC) is the earliest state key lab of ECNU that was established by the State Planning Commission of China in 1989 and went into operation in December 1995. Presently, SKLEC employs more than 100 fulltime faculty and staff members. There are three main research streams of SKLEC: Estuarine Evolution and Estuarine Sediment Dynamics; Coastal Dynamic Geomorphology and Sediment Process; and Estuarine and Coastal Ecology and Environment. Achievements of the laboratory were used to solve problems encountered in coastal development of China, especially many large engineering projects, such as national survey on coastal resources, construction for harbors and ports, navigation channel regulations projection of coastal wetlands and engineering structures. SKLEC has become a national site for high level research on estuarine and coastal environment and a high level training base in China.