East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, China hosts and treasures the well-known State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC). The laboratory was established by the State Planning Commission of China in 1989 and went into operation in December 1995. Presently, SKLEC employs 113 fulltime faculty and staff members in the laboratory.
SKLEC has been strongly involved in providing solutions to resolve theoretical and practical problems encountered in the very diverse and large scale coastal developments of China, such as a national comprehensive survey on coastal resources, the construction of harbors and ports, channel regulations, the protection of coastal wetlands and the implementation of engineering structures.
Over the last 20 years, SKLEC has adopted and promoted an atmosphere of being “Open to Collaboration, Exchange of Experience, Unity in Performance and Open to Competition”. This has been and will continue to be the basis of SKLEC. We have developed unique capabilities in people, research and project practices and infrastructure that provide honest, unbiased science and practical guidance to help address the pressing issues facing our practical and theoretical problems regarding rivers, estuaries, and coasts. SKLEC has developed toward a national site for high level research of the estuarine and coastal environment and toward a high level training base in China.