Robust, credible and objective scientific assessments form the cornerstone of our climate change strategy.
Even as we harness science and technology, Singapore is taking a measured approach against climate change as well as developing meaningful solutions to tackle climate change problems.
For some years, we have already started research and made early investments in climate science.
Research findings have allowed us to make specific policy formulations and will give policy makers guidance on the need to protect critical infrastructure against rising sea levels and extreme events.
Evidence-based climate policies
In 2013, we had established the Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS) under the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). CCRS is one of the few dedicated centres in the region that focuses on research in tropical weather and climate.
Climate science, where it is developed specifically for the tropics, is a new and complex area of research. CCRS develops research expertise in the weather and climate of Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region. It also undertakes projections of Singapore’s future climate for long-term planning, as well as researches the characteristics and causes of extreme weather.
It has since grown to be one of our region’s most advanced tropical climate research centres.
We are expanding CCRS and will set up a new Programme Office in CCRS this year. The Programme Office will drive the formulation and implementation of our national climate science research masterplan and systematically build up our climate science capabilities in Singapore. CCRS and our research institutes and universities, together, will pursue cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary climate science research. The research will focus on key areas with significant impact on Singapore, including: sea level rise; the impact of climate change on our water resources; and the impact of warming trends on human health and the energy sector.
The Programme Office will oversee the recently-launched National Sea Level Programme. This $10 million Programme will, over the next five years, fund pioneering proposals and collaborations, to help us better understand long-term sea level rise and its variability, regional patterns, and extreme weather events.
Singapore’s Contribution to the Development of Climate Science
Singapore hosted a Scoping Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Singapore in October 2019, together with a meeting of the IPCC Bureau, one of the highest decision-making bodies in the IPCC.
This Scoping Meeting is an important session that will lay the foundation for drafting the next Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).
Climate science tailored to the tropics is still a nascent area of research. Through our efforts, we hope to work more closely with the IPCC to further strengthen and advance the understanding of tropical climates. We will share our knowledge and expertise with countries in our region and work with them to enhance capacity to tackle climate change.