Singapore - $25m boost for research on marine climate change
Marine climate change science (MCCS) in Singapore has been given a $25 million boost to address problems like rising sea levels, increasing sea surface temperatures and extreme storm events.
The government funding will go to a research programme led by the National Parks Board (NParks) which involves government agencies, research institutes and industry partners.
National Development Minister Desmond Lee announced the programme yesterday at Urban Sustainability R&D e-Symposia 2021, in the first of a series of webinars that will take place over a year.
Because of Covid-19, the series is being held in place of the biennial Urban Solutions and Sustainability R&D Congress, which brings together the research community, government agencies and industry partners. The multidisciplinary MCCS programme's research efforts will focus on three areas: ecological resilience, eco-engineering and blue carbon.
1. ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE
Research on the impact of climate change on marine species, habitats, ecosystems and connectivity will help shape measures to enhance marine ecosystem resilience.
This will aid in safeguarding natural marine capital through science-based approaches.
Research will identify sustainable engineering measures and nature-based solutions such as creating marine habitats, in order to protect coastal regions against sea-level rise and extreme storm events.
3. BLUE CARBON
Research will focus on developing a marine carbon credits economy in Singapore for trading, which essentially treats carbon as a commodity.