Earth Observatory Blog

Submitted on 19 May 2017 by:

Talking Point, a current affairs TV programme, takes a closer look at the dangers of Singapore’s coastal conditions after the tragic drowning of a 12-year-old boy at East Coast Park.

Speaking to Associate Professor Adam Switzer, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the programme delved into how safe it really is to swim at our beaches, as well as where the most hazardous waters for swimmers are.

Aired on 18 May 2017 at 9.30pm on MediaCorp’s Channel 5, the episode can be viewed here.

Submitted on 22 Dec 2016 by:

In March, we kicked off the EOS Institutional Blog. Our goal – create a space for you to learn more about what our scientists and teams are up to. As I look back on the stories we shared covering new research, current hazardous activity in the region, and outreach events, I’m thrilled to have the Institutional Blog as a reminder of the great work we’ve done and the fruitful year we’ve had.

Publications, workshops, awards, marine research and a lot of seismic activity kept us steeped in stories. This year was particularly active throughout the region with more than nine major earthquakes garnering our attention and interest.  From the M 6.2 earthquake near the Java Trench to the...

Submitted on 25 Oct 2016 by:

As an academic who lectures regularly to a hall of about 300 students, he never thought that he would feel nervous in front of only eight people. And so he was surprised when he became increasingly aware of the loud pounding of his heart and the beads of sweat that began appearing on his forehead.

The unexpected had happened – Assistant Professor Wei Shengji was feeling nervous.

A Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the 30-year-old China-born earthquake expert was enduring the hot, bright film lights that had been set up at the earthquake simulator in Science Centre Singapore. Dabbing his forehead with a piece of soft tissue, “This is much harder than I thought,” Asst. Prof Wei declared after his 10th take for the first scene....

Submitted on 30 Sep 2016 by:

As part of our outreach efforts, the Earth Observatory of Singapore regularly engages both the scientific and non-scientific communities via seminars, guest lectures, media briefings, and exhibitions. Schedules permitting, our scientists sometimes visit schools on request to give talks to students. 

The opportunity for one such occasion arose when Assistant Professor Judith Hubbard and Professor Isaac Kerlow were invited by geography teachers from Nanyang Girls' High School to give a three-hour long seminar. They visited the school with goodies in tow for the students. Being experienced lecturers themselves, Asst. Prof Hubbard and Prof Kerlow were in their element, quickly engaging the class of 60 Secondary Two students.

The three-hour session kicked off with a...