Research Areas

Understanding Impacts

Understanding Impacts

Climate change may reduce the productivity of agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries across the Asia-Pacific region. As a country that imports more than 90% of its food, Singapore is highly vulnerable to climate-related impacts on regional food production and supply, especially if producer countries reduce exports to ensure their own food security. Understanding the likely and likelihood of climate change impacts on natural and human systems in the Asia-Pacific region is important for clarifying risks and developing strategies to safeguard and future-proof Singapore against environmental, social and economic perturbations.

Identifying Solutions

Identifying Solutions

The potential and limits of NCS for increasing carbon sequestration and reducing CO2 emissions within the Asia-Pacific region have yet to be quantified. Furthermore, the value of natural ecosystems as “green infrastructure” for enhancing climate resilience through processes such as biodiversity conservation, coastal protection and flood regulation remains unclear. Quantifying the cost effectiveness and viability of nature-based solutions is needed to inform land use and climate policies in Singapore and across the region to help achieve climate mitigation and adaptation goals.

Overcoming Barriers

Overcoming Barriers

Climate actions may not always align with other interests and priorities of society. As a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Singapore has intimate knowledge of the social, cultural and political contexts of the region. Working in close collaboration with public and private sector partners, the Centre will identify the trade-offs and opportunity costs, as well as other economic, social and political considerations to ensure the effective, collaborative and equitable implementation of climate solutions across the Asia-Pacific region.

Prioritising Actions

Prioritising Actions

Reaching and sustaining net zero carbon emissions by mid-century is key to halting global warming on multi-decadal timescales. There is an urgent need to prioritize climate actions based on criteria such as the vulnerability of communities to climate change, the cost-effectiveness of solutions and the scientific (un)certainties of outcomes. The Centre’s research informs the prioritisation of climate actions – both human-engineered and nature-based – to yield the greatest return-on-investment for society.

Leveraging Technology

Leveraging Technology

Technological innovation is a cross-cutting Centre priority that is essential for maximizing the effectiveness of climate actions, lowering their barriers to implementation, and creating new solutions and economic opportunities, for example, by enhancing supply chain transparency and traceability in the regional agriculture sectors. The Centre will leverage Singapore’s strengths and investments in Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, environmental sensing and other technologies to support and augment climate solutions.