Integrative Sustainability Solutions

We advance integrated sustainability solutions that are optimised for tropical, urban and Asian settings, including clean energy materials and systems, environmental surveillance and treatment of urban waterways, waste-to-energy conversion, seawater desalination and sustainable urban transport systems.

Overview of Climate Change and Sustainability Research at NUS

NUS conducts systems-level research in climate change and sustainability. Under the climate system, NUS expertise lies in downscaling global climate models to regional and local models to understand microclimate, including extremes in temperature, rainfall, humidity and drought and its urban heat island effect. Under the water system, NUS research comprises of coupling global atmospheric and ocean models with regional and local land-coastal inundation models, including sea level rise to present a wholistic assessment of coastal defence. Under the biological system, NUS conducts cutting-edge research on understanding relationships between ecosystems and society, including ecosystem services, coastal protection (green infrastructure) and biodiversity conversation to inform climate policies, strategies and actions. Under the social system, NUS expertise lies in understanding the impacts of climate change on society, including socio-economic impacts and suggesting effective public policy interventions to address these impacts together with enhancing public understanding of risk. Additionally, climate mitigation research focusses on green energy technologies, specifically solar energy technologies and platforms and CO2 removal along with energy policy studies.

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Research Institutes and Centres

Institutes/Centres managed under the Sustainability Research Cluster include:

Centre for Nature-Based Climate Solutions
NUS Faculty of Science

Energy Studies Institute
University-level Research Institute

NUS Deltares
Research Partnership

NUS Environmental Research Institute
University-level Research Institute

Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Lab 
Corporate Laboratory

Singapore Nuclear Research and Safety Initiative
University-level Research Centre/Institute

Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore
University-level Research Institute

Other centres and institutes working towards  developing new integrated sustainability solutions for the rapidly urbanising Asia include: 

Advanced Robotics Centre
NUS Faculty of Engineering and NUS Faculty of Science

Centre for Next Generation Logistics
NUS Faculty of Engineering,Industrial and Systems Engineering and Management

Centre for Remote Imaging Sensing & Processing
University-level Research Institute/Centre

Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities 
NUS School of Design and Environment

Centre for Water Research
NUS Faculty of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Green Energy Management and Smart Grid Research Centre
NUS Faculty of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering

LTA-NUS Transport Research Centre
NUS Faculty of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

NUS Centre of Excellence in BIM Integration 
NUS School of Design and Environment

NUS Green Energy Programme
NUS Faculty of Engineering

Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering
Research Centre of Excellence (partnership with NTU)

The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific 
University-level Research Institute

WIL@NUS Corp Lab
Corporate Laboratory