Marine Climate Change Science (MCCS) Programme
The Marine Climate Change Science (MCCS) programme aims to serve as a national focal point for multi-disciplinary marine climate change research. This will advance the core sciences of marine climate change, and develop solutions to help address the challenges faced by our coastal and marine environment arising from climate change, such as sea level rise, increasing sea surface temperatures, and extreme storm events. The programme places emphasis on multi-disciplinary and translational research, in order to inform the development of evidence-based interventions and solutions. This will help to safeguard our coastal and marine ecosystems against climate change, and leverage existing natural capital in our blue spaces. This is part of NParks’ efforts to transform Singapore into a City in Nature, as well as contribute towards a nationwide effort to build climate resilience.
Led by NParks, this $25 million multi-stakeholder research programme under RIE2025 will involve key partners across government agencies, research institutes and industry partners.
Key Research Themes
Research efforts under the MCCS programme will cut across various disciplines, as encompassed by the following core research verticals (Vs) and enabling horizontals (Hs):
- V1 Blue Carbon – to provide solutions that will reduce Singapore’s carbon footprint while conserving our coastal and marine ecosystems, through building a foundational science for developing a marine carbon credits economy in Singapore.
- V2 Eco-Engineering – to protect our coasts against sea level rise and extreme storm events via sustainable engineering measures, while incorporating nature-based solutions which will also enhance our marine environment and create new habitats, thereby providing a sound basis for the sustainable development of Singapore’s islands and coasts.
- V3 Ecological Resilience – to better understand the impact of climate change on marine species, habitats, ecosystems and connectivity, so as to inform measures to enhance marine ecosystem resilience against climate change-induced disturbances, and safeguard our natural marine capital through science-based management approaches.
- H1 Climate Impact Science – to develop predictive models for projecting how climate change may alter existing biogeochemical processes in Singapore’s marine environment, so as to inform the formulation of interventions and strategies that are relevant to the anticipated changes in our local marine environment.
- H2 Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning – to explore how the social sciences can add important methods and perspectives towards climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts in our marine environment.
The first MCCS grant call will be launched in Q4 2021 (TBC). More details will be released closer to the launch date.
Grant calls will be launched via NRF’s Integrated Grant Management System (IGMS).
For enquiries, please contact us at MCCS@nparks.gov.sg.