The research goal of the School is to advance the understanding of tropical drive of climate change and geological evolution of the western Pacific, with 5 integrated research areas of: paleoceanography and paleoenvironment, marine sedimentology, biogeochemistry, oceanic lithosphere evolution, and oil and gas resources and exploration. Aiming at building itself a global top-level discipline and a world-class marine research center and talent training base, and with the mission of answering the national call for development of marine and oil gas resources, the School has been constantly playing an active role in international and national major projects, such as the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), the construction of National Long-term Seafloor Scientific Observation System, the South China Deep Project.
Some important research affiliations of the School are:
lThe State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology
lShanghai Research Center of Marine Science and Technology
lTongji University Research Center of Marine Science and Technology
lTongji University Gemology Education Center
Some important research projects chaired in recent years are:
lThe South China Sea Deep program, the only major fundamental research program of marine science funded by National Science Foundation of China.
lNational Seafloor Scientific Observatory, a national science and technology infrastructure project approved by National Development and Reform Commission of China.
lThe School of Ocean and Earth Science also takes an active role in the International Ocean Drill Program, and homes to IODP-China office. It has taken a leading role in drilling the IODP 349, IODP 367 and 368 expeditions.
The School is also understanding around 20 key research projects including: the NSFC Key Project, NSFC Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, National Key Research and Development Plan, National Science and Technology Major Project.