In Singapore, we have started research and made early investments in climate science.
Findings have allowed us to make specific policy formulations and will give policy makers guidance on the need to protect critical infrastructure against rising sea levels and extreme events.
Back in 2013, we had established the Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS) under the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS).
Climate science, where it is developed specifically for the tropics, is a new and complex area of research. CCRS develops research expertise in the weather and climate of Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region. It also undertakes projections of Singapore’s future climate for long-term planning, as well as researches the characteristics and causes of extreme weather.
It has since grown to be one of our region’s most advanced tropical climate research centres.
Singapore’s Contribution to the Development of Climate Science
To strengthen our understanding of sea levels around Singapore and to help us develop more robust sea level rise projections in the future, CCRS will be launching a $10 million National Sea Level Research Programme over the next five years.
MEWR will set up a new Programme Office in CCRS to lead and drive efforts to formulate our national climate science research masterplan as well as to build up our local capabilities. The Programme Office will work closely with scientists and researchers in our Research Institutes and Universities to harness their expertise for cutting-edge climate science research. The research will focus on key areas with significant impact on Singapore, including: sea level rise; the impact of climate change on our water resources; and the impact of warming trends on human health and the energy sector.
Singapore will also be hosting a Scoping Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Singapore in October 2019, together with a meeting of the IPCC Bureau, one of the highest decision-making bodies in the IPCC. This is the first time that Singapore will be hosting IPCC meetings and signals our strong support for and commitment to climate science and climate action.