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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

Dung beetles are widely used in ecological research, and the reason that they are so useful is that they are so called indicator species, meaning that their abundance and activity, for example in a rainforest site, gives a good idea of how the ecosystem is doing. As their name indicates, dung beetles are concerned with faeces, which they clear (by consuming and nesting in it), thereby...

Human development, land conversion, fire and storms are causing the forests worldwide to become increasingly fragmented, to the degree that 70% of the Earth’s remaining forest is within 1 kilometre of a forest edge today. The world’s most intact forest landscapes are found in the tropics, but fragmentation of tropical forests is predicted to accelerate over the next decades.


ASE Asst Prof Kim Hie Lim is one of the lead authors of an important study published in Nature (link to paper) today, which reveals the human genome of Asians in more detail and at larger scale than ever before. The study was carried out through the GenomeAsia 100K consortium, which is hosted by NTU. The study covers 64 different Asian countries, 219 population groups, and 1,739...

ASE was pleased to welcome a delegation of researchers from the Research Centre for Oceanography, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Pusat Penelitian Oseanografi LIPI), led by Dr. Dirhamsyah. During their visit, significant potential for collaborations was identified and we are looking to strengthen these links in future.

Forest patches embedded within oil palm plantations “forest set-asides” are important for conservation. If these patches of preserved forest are of high quality and connected to larger areas of rainforest they can help preserve biodiversity, which is under severe threat in many areas where palm oil is grown. Managing these areas well also forms an important part of the criteria for oil...