Earth Observatory Blog

Submitted on 30 Aug 2017 by:

The Singapore Eco Film Festival (SGEFF) is back for its second year, featuring 21 films from 14 countries. SGEFF is a space for people from the public, private, and creative sectors to come together to learn about pressing environmental challenges, and to share positive solutions to these issues. 

The hosts of FirstLook Asia, a daily Channel NewsAsia Programme, sat down with SGEFF Executive Director Jacqui Hocking to find out more about what to expect from SGEFF. Joining them was Professor Isaac Kerlow, an award-winning filmmaker and Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.

Prof Kerlow spoke about the process of making his new film, 'Orang Rimba,' which traces the impacts of forest development on a group of...

Submitted on 21 Aug 2017 by:

The one-north Festival is an annual celebration of research, innovation, creativity, and enterprise. This event includes talks, exhibitions, workshops, and tours. As part of our outreach efforts, the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) took part in this year’s one-north Festival.

Professor Kerry Sieh, the director of EOS, gave a public lecture titled ‘The Sustainability of Singapore and Its Neighbours in the Face of Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes and a Changing Climate.’ In this presentation, Prof Sieh discussed the relevance of geohazard science for Southeast Asia and, specifically for Singapore. 

Prof Sieh began by asking the audience to consider the need for research. “Why do research?” he asked the audience of primarily secondary school students and...

Submitted on 16 Aug 2017 by:

In 2013 and 2015, Singapore suffered from extreme haze. Channel NewsAsia sat down with two experts to find out more about Singapore's haze prospects for 2017.

Assistant Professor Mikinori Kuwata, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, discussed Singapore's haze situation with Vivian Claire Liew, the CEO of the social enterprise PhilanthropyWorks. Asst. Prof Kuwata explained how a combination of factors - both human and natural - will influence the prevalence of haze in Singapore.

Available online from August 14 2017 at 10pm, the video commentary can be viewed here.

Submitted on 04 Aug 2017 by:

A recent BBC report announced that South Asia could be uninhabitable by 2100 due to global warming. Singapore Tonight, a nightly Channel NewsAsia programme, investigated the potential ramifications of this extreme global warming for Singapore.

The hosts of Singapore Tonight spoke to Assistant Professor Wang Xianfeng, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, about the weather that Singapore can expect in the future, due to climate change. 

Aired on 3 August 2017 at 10pm on Channel NewsAsia, the episode can be viewed here....

Submitted on 03 Aug 2017 by:

Most people would agree that Singapore is quite clean compared to other countries in the region. The government has focused on the ‘Keep Singapore Clean’ movement since 1968. The movement is active even until today, to encourage the public to keep Singapore clean.

In 1990, the concepts of ‘clean’ and ‘green’ were brought together for a Clean and Green Week campaign. This campaign has been a yearly affair ever since, and has evolved into the present Clean and Green Singapore campaign initiated by the National Environment Agency, and centred on...

Submitted on 19 May 2017 by:

Talking Point, a current affairs TV programme, takes a closer look at the dangers of Singapore’s coastal conditions after the tragic drowning of a 12-year-old boy at East Coast Park.

Speaking to Associate Professor Adam Switzer, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the programme delved into how safe it really is to swim at our beaches, as well as where the most hazardous waters for swimmers are.

Aired on 18 May 2017 at 9.30pm on MediaCorp’s Channel 5, the episode can be viewed here.

Submitted on 22 Dec 2016 by:

In March, we kicked off the EOS Institutional Blog. Our goal – create a space for you to learn more about what our scientists and teams are up to. As I look back on the stories we shared covering new research, current hazardous activity in the region, and outreach events, I’m thrilled to have the Institutional Blog as a reminder of the great work we’ve done and the fruitful year we’ve had.

Publications, workshops, awards, marine research and a lot of seismic activity kept us steeped in stories. This year was particularly active throughout the region with more than nine major earthquakes garnering our attention and interest.  From the M 6.2 earthquake near the Java Trench to the...

Submitted on 25 Oct 2016 by:

As an academic who lectures regularly to a hall of about 300 students, he never thought that he would feel nervous in front of only eight people. And so he was surprised when he became increasingly aware of the loud pounding of his heart and the beads of sweat that began appearing on his forehead.

The unexpected had happened – Assistant Professor Wei Shengji was feeling nervous.

A Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the 30-year-old China-born earthquake expert was enduring the hot, bright film lights that had been set up at the earthquake simulator in Science Centre Singapore. Dabbing his forehead with a piece of soft tissue, “This is much harder than I thought,” Asst. Prof Wei declared after his 10th take for the first scene....

Submitted on 30 Sep 2016 by:

As part of our outreach efforts, the Earth Observatory of Singapore regularly engages both the scientific and non-scientific communities via seminars, guest lectures, media briefings, and exhibitions. Schedules permitting, our scientists sometimes visit schools on request to give talks to students. 

The opportunity for one such occasion arose when Assistant Professor Judith Hubbard and Professor Isaac Kerlow were invited by geography teachers from Nanyang Girls' High School to give a three-hour long seminar. They visited the school with goodies in tow for the students. Being experienced lecturers themselves, Asst. Prof Hubbard and Prof Kerlow were in their element, quickly engaging the class of 60 Secondary Two students.

The three-hour session kicked off with a...

Submitted on 07 Jul 2016 by:

Prof Paul Tapponnier talks about the MIRAGE expedition and its earthquake study on Channel NewsAsia

Tectonics Group Leader of the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), Professor Paul Tapponnier, made an appearance on Channel NewsAsia last Friday on 1 July 2016.

Interviewed live in the studio for MediaCorp’s nightly news programme, Singapore Tonight, Prof Tapponnier talked about the MIRAGE expedition that had set sail for the Wharton Basin in the Indian Ocean exactly one week ago.

When asked by TV host, Ms Dawn Tan, why the Indian Ocean was chosen for this expedition, Prof Tapponnier said, “Quite simply, the earthquake in 2012 was the biggest earthquake ever recorded inside an oceanic plate.” It measured 8.6 on the Richter Scale.

He went on to explain...