Blog Posts

21 Sep 2018

Professor Kerry Sieh choked up as he recalled picking up a small piece of mirror while an excavator tried to dig out 70 kids under a collapsed school at an earthquake site in Padang,...

19 Sep 2018

We know human-induced climate change is real. It is happening across the world because of rising concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. Sometimes it is hard to know if the...

12 Jul 2018

Leading an international study on the vulnerability of salt marshes in the United Kingdom (UK), scientists from the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) at Nanyang Technological University warn...

22 Jun 2018

Tidal wetlands in the contiguous US can store roughly 800 million tons of carbon in their soils. That is the latest estimate from a team of over 30 scientists, including Professor Benjamin...

11 May 2018

On 3 September 2017, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) conducted its sixth underground nuclear test at the Punggye-ri test site. In collaboration with scientists from Germany...

03 May 2018

Some eruptions are so large, and discharge so much magma (molten rock), that the roof of the magma chamber can no longer support itself. When the roof collapses, it forms a big hole...

19 Apr 2018

Earthquakes continue to cause tremendous damage and casualties around the world. Contrary to other geophysical hazards, such as storms and floods, seismic hazards still elude short-term prediction...

15 Apr 2018

One year ago, scientists and science advocates from across the globe were moved to march in the streets.

05 Apr 2018

Channel NewsAsia held a dialogue session on 24 January 2018 at the Funan Showsuite. Associate Professor Adam Switzer, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, together with...

30 Mar 2018

625 million people worldwide live in low elevation coastal zones (LECZ). By 2060, the LECZ population is likely to approach 1.4 billion people. These low-lying coastal regions, many of them...

25 Jan 2018

Goodwill and geological faults motivate seismologist Assistant Professor Wei Shengji to help analyse under-researched earthquakes in Southeast Asia.

18 Jan 2018

In 2004, a devastating tsunami struck coastlines around the Indian Ocean. In a study of the long-term recovery of the city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, we found that reconstruction aid provided...

11 Jan 2018

In December 2017, the city of New Orleans welcomed 22,500 of the world’s leading geophysical science experts for the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference. The Earth Observatory...

05 Jan 2018

Growing up, volcanologist Benoit Taisne wanted to study volcanoes so he could save people’s lives. He is now a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and has been studying...

26 Dec 2017

When searching for life, scientists begin by looking for the key element that sustains it: fresh water. Although today’s Martian surface is barren, frozen and inhospitable, a trail of evidence...

21 Dec 2017
07 Dec 2017

Volcanologist Caroline Bouvet de Maisonneuve shares about her experiences on the ground, the inherent risk involved in her work, and her safety-first approach. 

30 Nov 2017

At the age of 17, Associate Professor Adam Swtizer became a professional surfer. Now a climate expert at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, he says that his years as a surfer shaped much of his...

20 Nov 2017

Scientists have long known that Myammar is tectonically vulnerable. But only recently, says Dr Paramesh Banerjee, have they been able to understand the full extent of the country’s seismic...

16 Nov 2017

Singaporeans dread the dangerous haze incidents that occur each year. Thick, smoky air dries our throats and irritates our eyes. It makes breathing difficult and can cause lasting damage to our...

10 Nov 2017

Call her a nerd, but earthquake scientist Judith Hubbard loves geology, and she is not afraid to admit it. Both sides of her office door are plastered, top to bottom, with expedition photos, while...

06 Nov 2017

Typhoon Hato struck the coasts of southern China on August 23, 2017. The typhoon claimed 26 lives and resulted in billions of dollars in economic losses. Three days after the event, our survey...

02 Nov 2017

In 2010, Assistant Professor Wang Xianfeng and his Brazilian colleague were in a cave deep in the Amazon jungle, wading through waist-deep water in almost complete darkness. The only sources of...

26 Oct 2017

On 25 April 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, destroying buildings and infrastructure across 31 of Nepal’s 70 districts. Approximately 9,000 people lost their lives to the earthquake...

24 Oct 2017

Our Earth is warming. In fact, the planet’s average temperature has risen by 0.6°C over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 6°C over the next hundred years. Small changes in...

23 Oct 2017

The media’s use of alarmist words to communicate science is a challenging and multifaceted issue. Peeling back the layers, we find that there are many complex processes involved in science...

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