Official Opening of the Centre for Climate Research Singapore
The Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS) was officially opened by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, on 26 March 2013 as part of the celebration of World Meteorological Day 2013. CCRS, which has been established under the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS), seeks to establish itself as a leader in the use of high resolution computer models to simulate climate and weather over this region.
Minister addressed the audience on the importance of building Singapore’s climate resilience in the context of increased exposure to the effects of climate change and natural disasters. He noted that while there are significant challenges to projecting future climate and communicating complex concepts to the public, this is also an opportunity for CCRS to push the frontiers of science and perform a crucial role in education and outreach. A climate-literate society would be empowered to make informed choices about preparing for climate change. Minister encouraged the younger generation to consider meteorological and climate research as a career path, as one way to do their part for the environment and humanity.
In conjunction with the Centre’s launch, the new logo for MSS and CCRS was also unveiled to partners from government agencies, local research institutions and the media. The logo encapsulates the key functions of MSS and emphasises its role as the national weather and climate authority. The 3-D globe depicts the borderless and expansive nature of the weather affecting everyone on Earth. The wavy patterns on the globe represent the atmospheric circulations and waves that are a driving force for the weather and climate affecting us. MSS constantly monitors the weather and climate in our part of the world to provide accurate and reliable weather and climate services to our stakeholders. In advancing the scientific understanding of Singapore’s weather and climate, we will be forging international partnerships, so as to continually enhance our capabilities. The colours blue and green represent the earth’s oceans, atmosphere and natural environment, symbolising MSS’ key focus on weather, climate, and environmental hazards. Grey text is used to depict MSS as a professional, forward-looking national authority on weather and climate.
The morning’s programme ended with a tour of exhibits, showcasing the key projects of CCRS, namely the tropical, high-resolution Numerical Weather Prediction system for Singapore, seasonal climate prediction and the 2nd Vulnerability Study on Climate Change Effects. Minister showed great interest in understanding the challenges of modelling weather and climate over different timescales and how advanced statistical and dynamical models could be adapted to Singapore and the Southeast Asia region.