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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

A recent publication in Nature Geoscience led by ASE/EOS Dr Kyle Bradley tracks down the unexpected reason for devastating landslides triggered by the 2018 Palu earthquake. ASE/EOS co-authors of the study are Mr Rishav Mallick, undergraduate student and C.N. Yang Scholar Nairong Du, Asst Prof Judith Hubbard, Assoc Prof Adam Switzer, Dr Jedrzej Majewski, Asst Prof Shengji Wei, and Assoc...

A safe living environment is something that many Singaporeans take for granted; while storms and earthquakes may cause disasters elsewhere in the region, Singapore is lucky enough to have been exempt from major natural hazards. However, with climate change comes an increase in extreme weather events, and coastal urban development may also affect Singapore’s resilience to e.g. storms....

The International Conference on Paleoceanography (ICP) gathers world experts in Paleoceanography, the history of the oceans, every three years. This year, ASE/EOS Research Fellow Dr Yama Dixit was invited as a plenary speaker at the 13th ICP held in Sydney, Australia. Her speech, on the history of the Indian summer monsoon was well received and prompted a discussion on the climate...

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Federico Lauro for winning the NRF-CRP grant!  The NRF-CRP, or National Research Foundation Competitive Research Programme, offers funding for research programs up to 5 years. It seeks to foster the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to conduct cutting-edge research projects that are of relevance to Singapore and the society. The current project, titled...

Megathrust earthquakes are the most powerful and destructive earthquakes. These cataclysmic events cause the ground to shake and generate tsunamis, posing a great threat to society. When they wreak havoc they not only damage property and infrastructure, but most importantly, human life, with casualties reaching apocalyptic proportions of tens to hundreds of thousands in a single event...