Channel NewsAsia: NEA signs MOU with UK Met Office

NEA is collaborating with the UK Met Office to help predict Singapore’s weather patterns up to the year 2100, as this information will help with policy making in matters of climate change. See Channel NewsAsia story below.

NEA signs MOU with UK Met Office

SINGAPORE : The National Environment Agency (NEA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre to beef up its research into climate science.

The three-year collaboration will provide NEA’s Meteorological Services with climate models as well as an exchange of information and scientists.

Torrential rains, floods, and rising temperatures are just some weather patterns in the region associated with climate change.

But NEA’s Meteorological Services hopes that with the collaboration, it will be able to produce more reliable projections of Singapore’s rainfall, temperature, wind and sea levels for different time levels – up to the year 2100.

The collaboration will also have an implication for policy making decisions in the area of climate change.

The Meteorological Services said the projections could mean safeguarding Singapore against the impact of climate change.

This is the first such collaboration for the Hadley Centre in the region.

A centre for climate science research in Singapore is also in the works.

John Hirst, chief executive of UK Met Office, said: “It is important for us to work internationally, just as it is important for Singapore to have access to the best science in the world, which I think we bring. Singapore has a fantastic science base, there are a lot of very good scientists here, and it has a genuine interest in the meteorological and climate sciences that we do together.”

NEA said the collaboration will also benefit the region, as it could provide a better understanding of Southeast Asia’s climate, including better predicting the El Nino and El Nina phenomena, monsoons and tropical connective systems.

NEA added that its Meteorological Services division will be renamed the Singapore Meteorological Services to reflect the wider demands as it caters to agencies within the government and private sectors.

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