Blog Posts

18 Jan 2018

In 2004, a devastating tsunami struck coastlines around the Indian Ocean. In a study of the long-term recovery of the city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, we found that reconstruction aid provided...

11 Jan 2018

In December 2017, the city of New Orleans welcomed 22,500 of the world’s leading geophysical science experts for the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference. The Earth Observatory...

05 Jan 2018

Growing up, volcanologist Benoit Taisne wanted to study volcanoes so he could save people’s lives. He is now a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and has been studying...

26 Dec 2017

When searching for life, scientists begin by looking for the key element that sustains it: fresh water. Although today’s Martian surface is barren, frozen and inhospitable, a trail of evidence...

21 Dec 2017
07 Dec 2017

Volcanologist Caroline Bouvet de Maisonneuve shares about her experiences on the ground, the inherent risk involved in her work, and her safety-first approach. 

30 Nov 2017

At the age of 17, Associate Professor Adam Swtizer became a professional surfer. Now a climate expert at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, he says that his years as a surfer shaped much of his...

20 Nov 2017

Scientists have long known that Myammar is tectonically vulnerable. But only recently, says Dr Paramesh Banerjee, have they been able to understand the full extent of the country’s seismic...

16 Nov 2017

Singaporeans dread the dangerous haze incidents that occur each year. Thick, smoky air dries our throats and irritates our eyes. It makes breathing difficult and can cause lasting damage to our...

10 Nov 2017

Call her a nerd, but earthquake scientist Judith Hubbard loves geology, and she is not afraid to admit it. Both sides of her office door are plastered, top to bottom, with expedition photos, while...

06 Nov 2017

Typhoon Hato struck the coasts of southern China on August 23, 2017. The typhoon claimed 26 lives and resulted in billions of dollars in economic losses. Three days after the event, our survey...

02 Nov 2017

In 2010, Assistant Professor Wang Xianfeng and his Brazilian colleague were in a cave deep in the Amazon jungle, wading through waist-deep water in almost complete darkness. The only sources of...

26 Oct 2017

On 25 April 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, destroying buildings and infrastructure across 31 of Nepal’s 70 districts. Approximately 9,000 people lost their lives to the earthquake...

24 Oct 2017

Our Earth is warming. In fact, the planet’s average temperature has risen by 0.6°C over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 6°C over the next hundred years. Small changes in...

23 Oct 2017

The media’s use of alarmist words to communicate science is a challenging and multifaceted issue. Peeling back the layers, we find that there are many complex processes involved in science...

21 Oct 2017

The air-guns stopped shooting at 5:00am. Years of preparation, countless financial resources, hours of effort, and bright minds from twelve different countries went into making the MIRAGE II...

19 Oct 2017

For the past three weeks, the scientists on board the R/V Marion Dufresne have had a great deal of work to do. For one day, I observed the comings and goings on the decks of the Marion Dufresne....

18 Oct 2017

"A flash of light catches my eye and I raise my binoculars to check it out. A dolphin perhaps? Or a basking turtle? I search until I spot it again. The object is bobbing high in the water,...

16 Oct 2017

Chief Scientist Satish Singh was invited to share his experiences in a joint event organised with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The goal was to discuss how to reduce...

13 Oct 2017

We have all heard that our planet behaves like a living organism. Just like us, the Earth has systems that are all linked and constantly influencing each other. The Earth’s climate can affect its...

12 Oct 2017

For cetaceans, sound is of utmost importance. Every day, it is the job of three resident Marine Mammal Observers (MMO) to ensure that there are no species of concern within a five-hundred-metre...

11 Oct 2017

Our most recent documentary short film, ‘People of the Forest: Orang Rimba,’ premiered at the Singapore Eco Film Festival in early September 2017. The short...

10 Oct 2017

Hear from Filomena de Jesus (Timore L’este) and Marie-Laure Fournasson (France), about their experiences as participants in the Floating Summer School programme on board the R/V Marion Dufresne...

09 Oct 2017

Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” We should take his word for it, especially when it...

06 Oct 2017

Subduction zones are the most violent collisions on Earth. They are so powerful that even scientists who are familiar with the dynamics of plate tectonics are humbled by images of the aftermath....

05 Oct 2017

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