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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

Map from Lubis et al. (cropped) showing probability of human-tiger conflicts in different areas of northern Sumatra. Red denotes high, and blue low probability of human-tiger conflicts.

The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is critically endangered with only about 500 individuals remaining on the island. But conserving this awe-inspiring species also means living with it...

Turbid coral reefs are located in shallow coastal waters, often close to urban areas like Singapore. They protect the coast through serving as breakwaters structures and have been considered as potential climate change refugia for marine biodiversity. Global sea level rise (SLR) will present a major threat to turbid coral populations by increasing the depth of water covering them, and...

As activities gradually resume in Singapore post-circuit breaker, we know that there will still be a risk of new waves of infection and phase 3 (‘new normal’) will last indefinitely until a vaccine or treatment is found. Expanding testing capacity is one of the ways that Singapore will work to prevent future resurges of COVID-19. When we get infected the virus passes through our bodies...

The Nanyang Research Programme Junior (NRPjr) is part of NTU’s talent outreach effort, aiming to create opportunities for secondary school students in local Integrated Programme Schools to engage in research projects with NTU faculty. Six students from Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) got the opportunity to do a study under the supervision of ASE lecturer Dr Sylvain Rigaud. Through...

Mangroves at Pulau Ubin (Shutterstock_1535723879)

Mangroves reduce the impact of storms, support great biodiversity, and play and important role in sequestering carbon. However, sea level rise is a significant threat to mangroves that can cause mangroves to drown, putting an end to their growth. A new study published last week in Science by an international team of researchers including...