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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

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...

It is hard to underestimate the importance of the Asian monsoon; the world’s largest weather system, affecting almost half of the world’s population, and the base of food security and water supply in Southeast Asia, large parts of China and beyond. With climate change comes more frequent high intensity downpours during the wet season, and the monsoon season also becomes more difficult...

Sea level rise is one of the most critical effects of climate change in Singapore, and understanding past sea level variability is key to predicting the rate and magnitude at which it will happen in the future. The geological record is a powerful resource for looking at past sea level fluctuations, and with this Tier 1 proposal Dr Rigaud will develop a new method to do so. He will take...

Deforestation is a leading cause of species loss in the tropics. In an article published last week in the journal Ecology Letters, ASE Asst Prof Eleanor Slade and co-authors show that how well animals survive deforestation may depend on their mating strategy.

The researchers studied different species of dung beetles in the tropical rainforest of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. The...

Are you a fan of chili crab? Seafood is the basis of many of Singapore’s signature dishes, and what a privilege it is to be able to enjoy fresh, local seafood. But how is the marine environment that produces this seafood affected by human development? We know that the ever-growing human population is increasing pressure on the coastal (and oceanic) waters of...