Teo Hoong Chen

Academic Qualification

B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in Environmental Sciences, University of Nottingham

Research Areas

Climate change; ecosystem processes; remote sensing; earth system modelling; nature-based solutions; urban sustainability

Research Interests

Hoong Chen’s research applies earth system models, hydrological models, remote sensing and machine learning tools (i) to reduce the uncertainties and risks of forest carbon sequestration which may hamper adoption, and (ii) to develop and inform nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.


Hoong Chen is a climate and ecosystem scientist doing his PhD research at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, National University of Singapore. He was formerly research assistant at the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Lab, University of Nottingham Malaysia.

Familiar with the Southeast Asian context and frequently collaborating internationally, his scientific research has achieved international impact. One of his first author papers has been cited as expert evidence by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report (Working Group II, Chapter 17). His research has also been featured by international media such as The Straits Times and South China Morning Post.

Selected publications

  1. Teo HC, Raghavan SV, He X, Zeng Z, Cheng Y, Luo X, Lechner AM, Ashfold MJ, Lamba A, Sreekar R, Zheng Q, Chen A, Koh LP (2022). Large-scale reforestation can increase water yield and reduce drought risk for water-insecure regions in the Asia-Pacific. Global Change Biology.
  2. Teo HC, Zeng Y, Sarira TV, Fung TK, Zheng Q, Song XP, Chong KY, Koh LP (2021). Global urban reforestation can be an important natural climate solution. Environmental Research Letters. https://org/10.1088/1748-9326/abe783
  3. Teo HC, Lechner AM, Sagala S, Campos-Arceiz A (2020). Environmental impacts of planned capitals and lessons for Indonesia’s new capital. Land. https://org/10.3390/land9110438
  4. Narain D, Maron M, Teo HC, Hussey K, Lechner AM (2020). Best-practice biodiversity safeguards for Belt and Road Initiative’s financiers. Nature Sustainability.
  5. Teo HC, Lechner AM, Walton G, Chan FKS, Cheshmehzangi A, Tan-Mullins M, Chan HK, Sternberg T, Campos-Arceiz A (2019). Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development under the Belt and Road Initiative. Environments.

Feature and publications in popular media

  1. The role of urban forests in climate change (2021, Mar 29). The Straits Times.
  2. China’s belt and road: an environmental disaster for Southeast Asia? (2020, Jan 5). South China Morning Post.

 Conference and presentations

  1. Keynote speaker and Singapore expert representative: Climate and ecosystem science to support carbon market credibility. International Scientific Conference on Congo Basin Forests and Other Tropical Basins, Preparatory Works of the 27th Conference of Parties (Pre-COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yangambi, DR Congo, Sep 2022.
  2. Large-scale reforestation can increase water yield and reduce drought risk for water-insecure regions in the Asia-Pacific. Nature-based Solutions Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, Jul 2022.
  3. Environmental impacts of infrastructure development under the Belt and Road Initiative. 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jul 2019.