Earth Observatory Blog

Submitted on 21 Dec 2017 by:

Dear EOS Community,

As the year comes to a close, I’d like to thank you for your continued interest and support in the research, initiatives and programs being conducted here at the Earth Observatory. Over the past year, your increased engagement has helped us to better understand your interests in geohazard research and provide content to meet them. From publications to awards and new blog series, here is a look back on a few highlights from 2017.

As data from the Mentawai Earthquake Gap—Tsunami Earthquake Risk Assessment (MEGA-TERA) marine expedition carried out in 2015 was being analysed and while new data from the Marine Investigation of the Rupture Anatomy of the 2012 Great Earthquake (MIRAGE) expedition was being collected in 2016, we were already planning a third...

Submitted on 17 Aug 2017 by:

When I was a kid, I was introduced to the tragedy that climate change can bring. Massive floods and superstorms ravaged New York City right before my eyes. ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ was showing on TV, and there in the living room, I received my first education on the threat of climate change.

Granted, the over-the-top depictions of climate change in the movie will make any climate scientist raise an eyebrow. But for myself and others my age, such movies were possibly our earliest and most gripping encounters with the concept of climate change.

The media continues to be important for making climate change feel relevant and interesting to people. This is, in part, due to the constant influence of media in our lives, and also because climate change can otherwise be...

Submitted on 11 Aug 2017 by:

In November 2016, I attended the Singapore Eco Film Festival, hoping to catch ‘SHADOWS: Saving the Rainforest’, a contemporary animated short film produced by the Earth Observatory of Singapore. ‘SHADOWS’ is inspired by wayang kulit (Indonesian shadow puppet theatre), and uses magical realism to tell a story about preserving the world’s forests. The storyline is innovative and the animation, mesmerising. I was struck by how I could be moved by a film in which not a single word was uttered. This made me wonder: How effective is conventional scientific communication in shaping public perceptions of climate change?

While I was previously aware of the rampant deforestation central to many...

Submitted on 03 Aug 2017 by:

Most people would agree that Singapore is quite clean compared to other countries in the region. The govern