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The Earth has Lost 28 Trillion Tonnes of Ice in Less than 30 Years – New Report Sparks Concerns for Sea-Level Rise in Southeast Asia

In conversation with Fangyi Tan, PhD student, Sea-Level Group at The Earth Observatory of Singapore

 

1. Will melting ice sheets in such quantities pose a threat for Southeast Asia in the future? 

Volcanic Soundscape: How Seismic Sounds Can Reveal Eruption Secrets

When a volcano erupts in the darkness of night, or when it is blanketed by clouds, determining even the most basic information about the plume can be very difficult. Particularly for air safety, information like the time the eruption started, the height of the plume, and the eruption duration are crucial for determining what air spaces will be impacted.

Using Large Earthquakes to Understand Singapore’s Underground Structure

The first results from Singapore’s first island-wide seismic survey unravel some important features of Singapore’s underground.

In March of last year, a team at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) recorded the ground movements of Singapore using 88 seismometers placed in locations such as schools, parks and weather stations.

Pandemics & Natural Hazards: The Way Forward for Earth Scientists in a Global Lockdown

The daily coverage of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the media has given the public an insight into how the crisis has impacted the healthcare sector. We’ve seen footage of hospitals inundated with stricken patients, hospital staff begging for supplies, and the global race to find the medical holy grail of the moment – a COVID-19 vaccine. But what about the other sectors of science that are not directly linked to the coronavirus? How are they coping with, even transforming in, this pandemic and the ensuing cross-border lockdowns?

Pandemics & Natural Hazards: Rebuilding Public Health and the Natural Environment After the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is sweeping the globe infecting 2.3 million and causing the death of 248,561 (as of 4 May 2020) has understandably superseded the issue that dominated the news, social media, political activity, business practice, and academic research for much of 2019 – the climate emergency. But it is useful to consider, are these two issues related, do they both have the same underlying causes, and can the solutions be the same?

Pandemics & Natural Hazards: The Potential Coincidence of a Very Contagious Disease with Another Disaster

The current novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the ease with which healthcare capacity can be overwhelmed and what we consider ‘normal’ can be turned upside down. This isn’t the first infectious disease to threaten southeast Asia (and the world) and it won’t be the last.

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