The Institute was established to contribute to the development of the nation and society by developing and accelerating research on environmental and marine sciences and technology. It also fosters the development of research technology related to the environment and the marine world and nurtures professionals in these fields.
The Institute is the top research center in Korea with thirteen research centers, including a maritime industrial development research center, an environment research center, a Spatial information research center, a dioxin research center with a long tradition and excellent research facilities. The Institute's goals include the pursuit of growth and innovative changes.
Established Research Center
Research Center for Ocean Industrial Development (RCOID)
The Research Center for Ocean Industrial Development (RCOID) was established on January 4, 1991, as part of the vitalization of university studies of KOSEF. It aims to develop basic/applied technology for the improvement of production of Korean coastal fishing grounds and farms, consistent industrial cooperation for the development of ocean space creational technology and the formation of an international cooperative research system. By presidential decree, it has been reorganized as the legal laboratory of a national university.
Step 1 of the Center was completed in 2000 with excellent results, as industrialization through improved productivity of coastal fishing grounds occurred. The development focus of research technology on fishery development was later changed to an independent research management system, expanding to step 2 from its base of step 1, and developing various forms of technology related to the usage development of ocean space. This focused on the expansion of its area of sustainable coastal space using the technology development, coastal oceanography, coastal and harbor engineering, and coastal ecological environment engineering and fishery engineering.
It also concentrates on nuturing intellectuals with knowledge of technology development and who possess masters and doctor's degrees from graduate school. It addition, the center is internationally recognized through its networks with research groups and databanks with domestic and overseas research organizations and research groups. Moreover, apart from its maritime specialization at PKNU, our institute has the further goal of undertaking core work by fostering the development of an ocean perspective technology industry and making Busan an ocean city base.
Environmental Research Center
It is a fact that environmental problems are increasing, and this is a very important issue facing modern society. It cannot be denied that the development of science technology brought innovative benefits and improvements to our lives; however, it also brought serious environmental problems to the natural environment, which is the basis of human life.
Currently, cars and public transportations release toxic gases, causing air pollution, wastewater in numerous factories, pollution of coasts and oceans, basically causing huge risks to human life and our vital fish resources. It is therefore essential that we find a way to improve this polluted environment and deeper research is required as researchers exchange their studies and more organized and structured basis. To meet these requirements, we offer basic studies of environmental problems by having built an environmental research center and providing professional knowledge and technology to government, public organizations and private companies to contribute to society.
Environmental plan and Environmental impact assessment
- Collection of basic information to set up environmental law and policy
- Environmental impact assessment
Water quality management, Water and wastewater treatment
- Water and wastewater analysis, water quality modeling
- Water and wastewater treatments
Air and noise pollution measurement and control
- Development of toxic gas control process, air diffusion modeling, air pollution control and design, noise pollution control
Spatial Information Research Center
The Spatial Information Research Center was established in October 2000 with the goal of researching relatives, nurturing intellectuals, and providing technology support to the industry by exchanging studies of organization within Korea and abroad for the advanced spatial information industry. This center actively undertakes research on air and coastal environment, explores coastal and forest resources using aero pictures, maintains a geographical transportation information system combining 4S technology, develops protective GIS and GNSS element technology and monitors the weather, and is closely involved in related areas such as satellite remote exploration, satellite geographic information, satellite measurement, fishery and marine geographic information and satellite protection information research.
The 21st century is the era of spatial information floods. We strive to maintain professionalism of applicable research using domestic spatial information, including the development of core technology that is used for spatial information.
Dioxin Research Center
The Dioxin Research Center was established on October 15, 2001, and was selected as the national certified organization of measurement and analysis of dioxin by the National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER), of the Ministry of the Environment on February 5, 2002. It serves as a research organization performing the dual roles of monitor and manager of hazardous chemicals such as dioxins, and also producing scholars and scientific data on the preparation of management plans for legal maintenance. In addition, it has developed a method of public examination that constitutes policy information through practical researches of POPs such as PBDEs, PCNs, focusing on Dioxins: PCDD /DFs and PCBs.
According to the monitoring organization that announced its policy from January 1, 2009, the range of 'Dioxin measurement analysis organization' has expanded to 'Persistent Organic Pollutants measurement analysis' in order to widen its research area to Persistent Organic Pollutants among various environment material, including exhaustion gas and waste water.
Due to Persistent Organic chemicals, in particular, dioxin effects bigger than the earth's environment, an international response and management are required for weather changes because of the planet's environmental problems. The nation is therefore undertaking partial work by providing scientific information from our government to international organizations such as UNEP and WHO.
It is one area of work that the Dioxin Research Center should take part in because of the international reaction, and, accordingly, the center functions as an organization that nurtures experts who can provide required expertise to monitor the protection of the population's health domestically. The Dioxin Research Center functions as part of our national university.
In addition, this Center is the only one in existence at a national university, so it is used as an educational place of human resources through research, and it strives to provide consistent research development for its improvement.
Naval Architecture and Marine Systems Engineering Research Institute
For developing basic theories of naval architecture and ocean engineering, the institute plays an important role in education, research, and public service. The institute is making all efforts to improve research environment and to collaborate high technologies with heavy industrial companies.
The Supercomputer Center of the Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences and Technology in PKNU was established in June 2008 with the goals of nurturing research development using supercomputer, providing training education to foster research human resources with theory and practice, serving as a base for human and material resources of local universities, and contributing to the activation of national supercomputing. Professor OH Jae Ho has been appointed as director of the Center.
We created MOU with the KISTI supercomputer center in December 2008. Professor Oh had received a donation of the culster system of earth weather modeling research center in PKNU, the Hamel cluster system of KISTI, and the cluster system of KT in April of that year and has managed them to the present time. Based on these devices, it currently presents various scientistic calculations and mostly produces and weather forecast data and mock weather data to predict future weather.
Atmospheric Environmental Research Institute
The Institute presents professional and creative research, including basic and applied research on air and environmental areas, and has become a Institute that plays a major role in improving air and environmental areas. By flexibly applying human resources and laboratory are research centers within Korea and abroad, the industry and universities are contributing to academic development and nurturing outstanding professionals gifted in theory and practice. By presenting inter-research for the industry, academic and research and exchange of academic information inside Korea and abroad, the Institute has become a point of global research that has strengthened national competitiveness and secured the top position in its field. Currently, it functions in conjunction with an air environment evaluation team that predicts and evaluates the condition of air environment of the future by using figure modeling such as high-tech observation devices and a global research team for international inter-research and monitoring weather changes.
Energy Resources Research Center
The Energy Resources Research Center was established on February 20, 2009 to improve research ability by exchanging information with developed countries and inter-research, evaluating creative and innovative research results through basic and advanced research on the energy and resources fields. We require professional knowledege of each field as interest in energy resources, including oil resources, mineral resources, new renewable energy is ever-increasing. Our Center fosters research development of energy resources, provides a training site to nurture research human resources with theory and practice to create a place for global research by strengthening national competitiveness in related areas and securing the top position in its field. Director of Energy Resources Research Center, PKNU, WANG Soo kyun
The Institute’s aim is to present professional research on areas related to earth science, apply all human resources, research devices and facilities flexibly, including research institutes, industries and other universities within Korea and abroad to present creative and innovative research. Through these activities, we strive to resolve environmental problems related to air, soil and water resources and improve research level at to an international level. We aim to nurture professionals with knowledge of the theory and practice of the international state of the Earth's environment problems. Finally, our goal is to present combined research on weather changes related to air, soil and water resources flexibly to provide brand-new fusion studies at an international level to assist in the world’s environmental problems. The Institute undertakes the following activities:
Researches the Earth's environment (air, soil and water resources) related to weather changes
Exchanges information, data and international inter-research related to the Earth's environment problems
Nurtures professional intellectuals and develops human resources to resolve the Earth's environment problems
Exchanges academic information within Korea and abroad and conducts international inter-research
Carries out inter-reserach on industry, academic matters and research and technical support of industry
Undertakes business that is appropriate to the aims of the Research Institute
Combat Desertification Research Center
Desertification is one of the symptoms of soil desolation that occurs in desert and semi-dry areas due to weather changes and human activities. According to UNCOD, around 60,000km of soil near dry areas around the globe is lost due to desertification.
The harm caused by desertification is indicated by production reduction from the soil, which leads to food shortages and economic difficulties. It also limits the growth of plants, reduces the number of plants and presents major obstacles to circulation function in ecology for plants. It also badly affects aerobic creatures by presenting a reduced amount of oxygen as well as an increased amount of carbon dioxide in the air due to the reduction of photosynthesized plants.
Yellow-dust phenomena can be an example of direct damage caused by environmental pollution arising from desertification. Korea is directly affected by yellow dust coming from China, the desert area of Mongolia and the yellow soil area of the Yellow River. This damage from yellow dust not only affects Korea but also Japan and the US, when it crosses the Pacific Ocean. It has been estimated by the US that the damage from yellow dust will increase when the desertification in China expands, so it is not an insignificant issue.
Currently, Korea is proceeding with policies related to desertification protection and the combatting of green forest and soil pollution; however, consistent interest and support will be more necessary in term of earth environment protection.
This Center plans to take the lead in combatting desertification within Korea and abroad with systematic research of recovery of ecology, determining its cause and preventing the acceleration of desertification that causes damage internationally due to global warming, weather change and artificial factors.
Desertification Prevention Institute
This institute was founded on February 23, 2010 to carry out researches on desertification which is extreme deterioration of land in arid and dry sub-humid areas due to loss of vegetation and soil moisture, as a result of current global climate change. We focuses on studies of causes and results of desertification, its prevention methodology development, and ecological system restoration. In addition, our goal is training undergraduate and graduate students who can pursue theoretical and practical studies on desertification and its prevention.
Maritime Cultural Heritage Center
The Maritime Cultural Heritage Center (MCHC) of Pukyong National University is one of the very few institution for maritime cultural heritage in Korea. MCHC will continue to spend much of its resources to shed new light on the cultural heritage hidden under the sea and to restore the ancient maritime exchange routes connecting people in the region.
Ocean Science Institute(OSI)
It was established in 1992 at Pukyong National University as the ocean science research institute for inter-university in Korea. The institute has greatly contributed to advance Korean marine science and technology by perform the joint study with Industry-University-Institute. Our goals is to achieve academic research and to educate training for maine science technical professionals. In order to accomplish our goals, collaborations with domestic and international research institute, and other universities are continuously conducted.
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