Introduction of KMA

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Brief History

  • Nov. 2017The weather aircraft was launched
  • Jan. 2017Earthquake and Volcano Division was elevated to the Earthquake and Volcano Center.
                       The Numerical Modelling Center and the Meteorological Human Resourses Development Institute were
  • Jun. 2015Thg organizational structure of the subordinate offices was reformed
                       ※ 5 regional offices, 45 weather stations -> 6 regional offices, 3 branch offices, 7 weather stations
  • Jan. 2014The Act on the Observation and Warning of Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanic Eruptions was enacted
  • May. 2011The weather ship, "Gisang 1", was launched
  • Jun. 2010Korea’s first geostationary multi-purpose satellite,
                       COMS (Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite), was launched
  • Apr. 2010The Weather Radar Center was established
  • Jun. 2008The National Typhoon Center was established
  • Feb. 2008The superior authorities of KMA was changed into the Ministry of Environment
  • May. 2007KMA was elected as a member of WMO Executive Council
  • Mar. 2007New position of the Director-General for earthquake created
  • Jul. 2005KMA was elevated to Sub-ministerial level
  • Jun. 2002The Gangneung RMO was renamed as the Gangwon RMO
  • Oct. 2000Supercomputer(224 Gflops) enhanced computing power
  • Jun. 1999Supercomputer (128 Gflops) was installed.
  • Jan. 1999Digital earthquake monitoring and analyzing started
  • Dec. 1998The KMA headquarters were relocated to a new building
  • Dec. 1997DMS was renamed to the Regional Meteorological Office(RMO)
  • Mar. 1997An office exclusively responsible for earthquake (The Office of Earthquake) organized
  • Dec. 1987KMS was elected to the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA)
  • Jan. 1982The Daejeon DMS was established
  • Sep. 1980Analog seismological observation network established
  •                     (Commencement of instrumental earthquake monitoring)
  • Sep. 1979Computer communication network was implemented
  • Apr. 1978CMO was renamed as the Korea Meteorological Service(KMS)
  • Jun. 1971Meteorological telecommunication circuit between Seoul and Tokyo was established
  • Dec. 1970Commencement of meteorological satellite reception
  • Jul. 1970Two District Meteorological Services (DMS) in Busan and Gwangju were established
  • Nov. 1969Commencement of weather radar observation at Gwanaksan (S-band)
  • Aug. 1961Meteorological Service Law was enacted
  • Jan. 1959Aeronautical Service Law was enacted
  • Feb. 1956Korea joined the World Meteorological Organization(WMO)
  • Aug. 1949The Central Meteorological Office (CMO) was established
  • Mar. 1905Earthquake monitoring began
  • Mar. 1904Commencement of modern meteorological services