EOS aspires to make Earth science relevant to the improvement and the quality of people’s lives. The Observatory connects with individuals and institutions in Southeast Asia and the region that prepare and build resilience in communities through a better understanding of advances in Earth science.
The goals of our outreach efforts include:
- influencing strategic decisions made by business and government leaders in the region.
- a better understanding of the Earth’s processes.
- an appreciation and awareness of natural hazards in the region.
- to make Southeast Asia and communities beyond the region safer and more sustainable.
The overall mission of EOS is to conduct scientific research in Southeast Asia toward safer and more sustainable societies, focusing on three broad categories of natural hazards: earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanoes, and climate change. Our research produces knowledge that can help people living in affected communities and also allows policy makers to make informed decisions.
The Technical Office is responsible for installing and managing the Observatory’s geophysical and other field instrumentation networks spread over seven countries across South and Southeast Asia. It supports EOS in various technical matters include acquiring, computing, and archiving geophysical data. The Office strives to provide a better and more conducive technological environment for our scientists both in the field and in the lab.
Communication is part of the scientific process. The Observatory has several initiatives to increase the effectiveness of transferring the results of our scientific research to various audiences. This allows us to better communicate with those we collaborate with, including local educators, colleagues in government organizations, and communities that need help understanding natural hazards.
In collaboration with the Community Engagement Office, photographer Joanne Petrina travels with scientists in Southeast Asia and documents the intersection of Earth science, culture and history. Her humanistic photo-narratives have covered subjects relevant to the Earth Observatory and the Asian School of the Environment such as climate science in sacred caves of Myanmar, earthquake preparedness in West Sumatra, as well as ancient models of sustainability in Bali. Her compelling photographs show why the Observatory’s work is so vital as our scientists address challenges for Southeast Asia.
As part of its outreach efforts, EOS engages in informal education through seminars, media briefings, and exhibitions.
EOS has also invested in formal education efforts. With that aim in mind we partnered with NTU'S Division of Earth Sciences (DES) to develop and launched a new Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Earth Systems Science, starting in August 2014.