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Global environmental change and geohazards are threatening resources and environmental predictability that human societies rely on. The ASE researchers work towards goals such as:

  • Better sea level rise risk assessment for the millions of people living in low elevation coastal zones
  • Sustainable management of tropical peatlands for fire and haze prevention, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improved forecasts of the magnitude and character of volcanic and earthquake activity
  • Risk assessment of unprecedented weather patterns created by climate change
  • Understanding the response of tropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems to global warming, ocean acidification, deforestation, biodiversity loss etc.

Research News

 

The SouthEast Asia SEA-level program sets out to produce world class interdisciplinary sea-level science focused on Southeast Asia and framed to promote resilient coastal cities and communities in Singapore and the surrounding region.

The program, known as SEA2, is led by Prof Benjamin Horton (EOS/ASE) with Assoc Profs Emma Hill  and Prof Adam Switzer and Asst Profs...

Volcanic eruptions are notoriously hard to anticipate and being able to accurately forecast eruptions is something of a ‘holy grail’ of volcanology. The societal hazards that volcanoes represent are undeniable; recent examples include Taal Volcano in the Philippines January 2020, Whakaari/White Island in New Zealand's 2019, Anak Krakatau, Indonesia, 2018 and Agung in Bali, Indonesia,...

As a densely populated city on a small island, Singapore is no stranger to urban planning; on the contrary, it has been a key part of the growth of Singapore, enabling housing of an increasing population and growing industry while still preserving sizeable green areas. But like many other major cities around the world, Singapore is now faced with new urban planning challenges in the...

Climate change and warming oceans are major threats to coral reefs and can cause widespread coral bleaching. As coral scientists and conservationists work against the clock to restore and preserve coral reefs, new research has revealed some corals have a secret to help them tolerate climate change. A study led by Dr. Inga Conti-Jerpe at the School of Biological Sciences and Swire...

Agricultural expansion is a major threat to tropical ecosystems globally, in many cases bringing economic development at the cost of functional ecosystems and the services they provide. The driving forces are nested in a global web of trade, where the places of consumption and production may be on different continents. Examples of such teleconnections are production of palm oil in...