State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science
Founded in 1995, the Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science (MEL) was promoted to state level as the “State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science (Xiamen University)” in March 2005. MEL is currently a primary research institution carrying out marine environmental science research in China.
MEL is dedicated to cutting-edge research in the field of marine environmental science with special focus on biogeochemical processes, mechanisms and their ecological effects. The ultimate goal of MEL is to be an internationally recognized institution in advanced marine environmental science and a platform for international academic exchange and cooperation.
At present, the lab has 63 full-time research members, 33 technicians, 63 research assistants and 7 administrative staff. During the past 5 years, MEL scientists have published 468 peer-reviewed papers in SCI journals, and have won 17 awards at the national or provincial level.
Key Laboratory of the Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems（Xiamen University）, Ministry of Education
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Key Laboratory of Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems (Xiamen University) (WEL) was established in November 2011. It is founded on decades of research in mangrove ecology, diatom biology and parasite zoology at Xiamen University led by pioneering scientists, among whom are professors Dexiang Jin, Zhongzhang Tang (member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Peng Lin (member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering). WEL is dedicated to interdisciplinary cutting-edge research on coastal and wetland ecosystems under the impact of global climate change, with a particular focus on the structure, function, and restoration of coastal wetland ecosystems in the tropical and subtropical regions.
At present, there are 52 scientists, including one Member of Chinese Academy of Science and 31 professors.
Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory for Coastal Ecology and Environmental Studies
Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory for Coastal Ecology and Environmental Studies (CEES) was jointly established by Fujian Institute of Oceanography and Xiamen University in July 2011.
CEES aims at major scientific research on coastal, watershed and wetland ecosystem evolvement in Taiwan Strait and its adjacent coastal areas which are under multiple pressures of global change and human activities. CEES also makes great efforts to be in line with both national and local major demands for the ecological security and disaster prevention and mitigation of the ecosystems. At Present, Lab has 38 fulltime Research Members, including 1 grantee of NSFC Fund for Distinguished Young Scholar, 1 Minjiang Chair Professor, 1 XMU Chair Professor, Additionally, 3 young scientists were supported by the MOE Program for New Century Excellent Talents, 7 young scientists were supported by Fujian Higher Education Program for New Century Excellent Talents and 1 young scientists received Distinguished Young Scholar Award from Fujian Province.
Engineering Research Center of Fujian Province for Coastal Wetland Protection and Ecological Restoration
Established in 2010, The Engineering Research Center of Fujian Province for Coastal Wetland Protection and Ecological Restoration currently has 13 scientists, 7 research assistants and 3 administrative staff. It is designed to take the academic advantage of XMU to promote the research on technology development for coastal wetland protection and ecological restoration, and conduct mangrove and rare water bird conservation projects as well as wetland ecosystem and important biological population restoration projects. The goal of the center is to promote the economic development and ecological civilization of the west coastline of the Taiwan Strait.
Collaborative Innovation Center for Health and Safety of Aquatic Environment (HSAE)
Collaborative Innovation Center for Health and Safety of Aquatic Environment (HSAE) was founded in 2013 and promoted to provincial “2011 Collaborative Innovation Center” in 2015. HSAE is led by Xiamen University and jointly established by Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academic of Science, Fuzhou University, Fujian Provincial Academy of Environmental Science, Fujian Normal University and some other institutes which are prominent in Environmental Science and Ecology areas.
HSAE is dedicated to major research on health and safety of aquatic environment, with special focus on aquatic environment monitoring, aquatic environmental effects and human health, remediation technique for water pollution, aquatic environment safety precaution and emergency countermeasures, and coastal-watershed planning and management.
The ultimate goal of HSAE is to be a collaborative platform for technique innovation and talent training.
Fujian Key Laboratory of Coastal Pollution Prevention and Control (Xiamen University) (CPPC)
Fujian Key Laboratory of Coastal Pollution Prevention and Control (Xiamen University) (CPPC) was established in June 2019. It is founded on innovation team in key fields of the Ministry of Science and Technology which is led by professor Mindong Bai. In December 2019, professors Delu Pan (member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering), Si Zhang (member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering), Minhan Dai (member of the Chinese Academy of Science), Hongqiang Ren (member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering) and other scholars were invited as members of the academic committee of the lab. CPPC aims at major scientific research on ecological security protection, pollution prevention and control in coastal areas. At present, lab has 21 fulltime research members, including 1 Chair Professor of “Cheung Kong Scholar” of Ministry of Education, 1 National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholar, 2 scientists was supported by National Special Support Program for High-level Personnel Recruitment (Ten-thousand Talents Program and Thousands of young Talents Program), 2 scientists was supported by National Million Talents Program, 2 chief scientists of National Key Scientific Research Program, 3 scientists was supported by Fujian Higher Education Program for New Century Excellent Talents.
Coastal and Ocean Management Institute（COMI）
The Coastal and Ocean Management Institute (COMI), Xiamen University, was established as a research organization of Xiamen University in Oct. 2005. It is dedicated to initiate research and higher education of ocean and coastal sustainable development science，with the support of relevant international organizations and Xiamen Municipality.
COMI’s primary mission is to create a platform to encourage interdisciplinary programs through taking advantage of the multi-discipline resource within the university, and collaborating with other highly respected regional, national and global institutions. It also trains quality comprehensive talents, and provides science and technological support for decision-making towards ocean and coastal zone sustainable development.
COMI is devoted to scientific research on the frontier of the sustainable development of the ocean and coastal area. Currently four research directions are newly established: Center for Oceans Policy and Law (XMU-COPL); Center for Integrated Watershed and Ocean Management (CIWOM); Center for Marine Economics (CME); and International Training Center for Coastal Sustainable Development (ITC-CSD).
Environmental Science Research Center
Distinguished by its concentration on marine environment, with the advantage of inter-discipline and comprehensiveness, Environmental Science Research Center studies environmental oceanography, environmental chemistry, environmental management, environmental biology and etc.
Environmental Impact Assessment Center
Xiamen University carried out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in 1984, and obtained the EIA Certificate (Grade-B) issued by Fujian Provincial Environmental Protection Bureau in 1987. In 1994, Xiamen University held the EIA Certificate (Grade-A) issued by former State Environmental Protection Administration, and the Grade-A qualification was successfully extended through the evaluation organized by Ministry of Environmental Protection, PRC in 2015 . It is qualified to assess the environmental impact related to current social area, light industrial textile and chemical fiber, and transportation industry, with a special focus on the environmental impact assessment of surface water, ground water, sea water, gas, sound, solid waste, ecology, water and soil conservation, social economy and other environmental factors.
The Environmental Impact Assessment Center, which is the first EIA unit in Fujian Province, currently has 11 EIA engineers, 23 qualified technicians.
Center for Food Safety and Environmental Health Technology
Center for Food Safety and Environmental Health Technology provides services in the field of food safety and environmental health, including detection and monitoring, technical development and guidance, and talent training.
Training Center for Ecological Civilization
The center develops and organizes training in ecological civilization, and provides follow-up supportive services.
Cooperation and Exchange Center
Cooperation and Exchange Center is responsible for carrying out research cooperation with relevant institutes, local governments and enterprises etc.
Center for Marine Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
Center for Marine Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, lead by “Cheung Kong”Chair Professor Wenxiong Wang, undertakes national and provincial key projects. The main research areas include marine products safety, marine ecological risk assessment and environmental standards.