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Climate research centre to study how sea level rise could impact Singapore

SINGAPORE: The Centre for Climate Research will start a National Sea Level Programme this year to better study how a rise in sea levels could impact Singapore, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said on Thursday (Mar 7).

It will bring together researchers from the centre, local universities as well as international experts.

Their findings will help the Government develop "robust projections and plans" for the long term, Mr Masagos said in his Committee of Supply speech in Parliament.

Singapore is “particularly vulnerable” to the negative impact of climate change and rising sea levels, noted a January 2019 report by Temasek's Ecosperity.

“Between 1993 and 2009, the rate of increase of the mean sea level around Singapore was almost two times higher than the global sea level,” the report stated.

READ: Singapore vulnerable to rising sea level, severe floods: Masagos

Apart from being a low-lying city, Singapore is also affected by the gravitational-attraction impact exerted by melting ice sheets.
bring together researchers from the centre, local universities as well as international experts. It will bring together researchers from the centre, local universities as well as international experts.

While climate change must be tackled at regional and global platforms, Mr Masagos stressed that Singapore must do its part to transform its economy towards a low carbon future.

He cited the carbon tax which takes effect this year, and efforts to manage vehicular emissions.

He also noted that national water agency PUB is studying the deployment of floating solar photovoltaic systems at four reservoirs.

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