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Brief History

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