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Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) was founded in 1989. The institute coordinates Chinese polar research and makes available to national polar research the important infrastructure, e.g. the research ice breaker “Xuelong” and research stations in the Arctic and Antarctic. It carries out international cooperation and academic exchange activities.

PRIC is Chinese research center in the field of comprehensive studies of the polar region. The institute is in charge of Key Laboratory of Polar Science of the State Oceanic Administration. Research at the institute focuses on: polar glaciology, polar oceanographic science, polar upper atmospheric physics, polar biological science and polar information platform...

Affiliated to the State Oceanic Administration, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA) performs the function of organizing Arctic and Antarctic expeditions and administering the related Arctic and Antarctic affairs on behalf of SOA.