Southeast Asia

The 1991 Eruption of Mount Pinatubo: The Biggest Ever Monitored

In April 1991, the authorities in the Philippines began evacuating people from their homes located within 30 kilometres (km) of Mount Pinatubo. More than 60,000 people were evacuated by early June 1991. This huge undertaking came after recommendations from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and the US Geological Survey (USGS). 

  • Press Release
04 Jun 2021

Nation’s ability to predict sea-level rise boosted with ancient record

Indonesia is known for extremely active plate tectonics and a series of gigantic earthquakes including the well-known 2004 Mw 9.3 earthquake.

A paucity of suitable equipment has seriously limited our understanding of the Earth’s structure and tectonics in South East Asia.

The ‘Elysium Epic Trilogy’ Exhibition: Stories of a Changing Climate

Visitors to the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) will be familiar with the exhibition of polar and tropical marine wildlife by some of the world’s leading photographers.

The driving force behind the ‘Elysium Epic Trilogy’ exhibition is Mr Michael Aw, the entrepreneurial underwater photographer who organised three expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic, and Coral Triangle to document the species featured in this unique exhibition.

Tiny Crustaceans that Record Changes in Water Quality and Pollution

Ostracods are aquatic crustaceans that range from 0.2 to 30 milimetres in size. Did you know that that these tiny creatures, also known as seed shrimp, can be used to indicate the pollution levels in lagoons in Southeast Asia?

This is the main finding of our new study published in Environmental Pollution, which uses ostracods collected from a coastal lagoon in Vietnam.

What are the Benefits of Sustainable Palm Oil?

Palm oil is indispensable to us but it is associated with environmental and social problems, such as land conflicts, deforestation, and haze. Does certifying palm oil help alleviate some of these problems?

A team led by Assistant Professor Janice Lee, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, recently published a study in Environmental Research Letters presenting the impacts of palm oil certification on the environment and the development of Indonesia.

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