Sustainability: Climate Adaptation

Date: 5 October, Thursday
Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm


Speakers will share on climate adaptation in the agri-food sector, the coastal adaption research journey and modelling for building energy performance.


About the Speakers


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Dr Poh Hee Joo
Principal Scientist & Domain Specialist (Built Environment)
Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Dr Poh Hee Joo has over 23 years of work experience in CFD research and consultancy jobs mainly focusing on Urban Physics; Environmental Health and Safety; and Building Performance and Sustainability. In Oct 2019, Hee Joo won the President Technology Award for the development of the Integrated Environmental Modeller (IEM) - an advanced modelling tool that is capable of integrating combined wind-solar-noise environmental factors, their interrelationship, and their total impact on an urban setting. In 2020, Hee Joo is named as top 100 outstanding researchers in Asia. The Asian Scientist 100, compiled by the Asian Scientist Magazine, is an annual compilation of continent’s brightest people that made a significant scientific discovery.


Topic: Urban Environmental Modelling & Sustainability: Understanding the Urban Microclimate and Building Energy Performance in Sustainable Town Design

A*STAR and HDB have jointly developed an advanced modelling tool that is capable of simulating the interaction of urban micro-climatic conditions, such as wind flow, temperature fluctuations, and solar irradiance with one another, as well as their combined effects on the surrounding urban landscape. Since Apr 2018 completion, it has been applied in the planning of new towns and Whole of Singapore CFD wind flow simulations, where future residents would be able to enjoy breezier days by strengthening wind corridors and identifying hotspots.

Currently, they are working on Phase 2 project to expand and enhance the capabilities through advance modelling modules, field measurement & validation and system integration in a unified platform. In this presentation, Dr Poh will share about the fundamental aspects of multi-physics in environmental modelling. They include Urban Physics, Outdoor Ventilation, Building Energy Performance, Wind Driven Rain and their combined impacts on Environmental Sustainability in Creating Highly Liveable Residential Town in Singapore.


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Dr Shailendra Mishra
Global Head of Climate, Environment & Natural Capital
Olam Agri

Dr Shailendra Mishra is the Global Head of Climate, Environment & Natural Capital at Olam Agri. He leads Olam Agri’s corporate environmental sustainability strategy, including climate action, regenerative agriculture, and landscape-level ecosystem services. As a conservation and ecology scientist who is passionate about nature-based sustainable solutions, he has worked for nearly two decades in the areas of conservation, restoration, regenerative agriculture, green finance, and climate change. His work has been published in leading international ecological journals, including Nature Reviews (Earth & Environment), Science Advances, COPs, Journal of Applied Ecology, and more. He holds a Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore in Climate and Environmental Sciences.


Topic: Climate adaptation in agri-food sector

Climate change is deeply impacting agriculture, our food systems, and the lives of smallholder farmers as changing weather patterns create high uncertainty and volatility in crop yields. Around the world, Olam Agri is partnering with the public and private sectors, civil society, and farming groups to build resilience in agriculture and help uplift farmers' livelihoods. Dr. Shailendra Mishra will discuss the various methods and techniques, such as climate-resilient seeds, regenerative agriculture practices, and more efficient water management systems, that they are introducing to help mitigate the effects of climate change and have a lasting positive impact across agriculture value chains.


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Ms Wang Shan Shan
Singapore Water Business Lead

Shan Shan currently leads the water business of Arup Singapore, responsible for assembling the winning team and delivering exceptional water projects from Singapore and overseas. She has been working on large-scale infrastructure works across Asia, well recognized as a competent project manager for successful delivery of multi-disciplinary projects for the full project cycle covering master planning, design, tendering, and construction. Shan Shan also serves as the Global Sustainable Development Champion for Water Skills Network in Arup, to promote sustainable practices for water design.


Topic: Integrated Coastal Resilience Planning Framework for SEA

In Southeast Asia (SEA), almost 160 million people live in just 40 coastal cities, which represents 47% of the total urban population in the region. These cities are the most vulnerable to coastal hazards arising from climate change such as sea level rise, coastal erosion, sea intrusion or salination. There are gaps in the current master planning practices and processes in SEA. For example, the lack of integration across disciplines and the omission of climate risk assessments at the early stages. Building on Arup Singapore's global expertise in coastal resilience and its project experiences working across the region, Arup Singapore proposes an integrated planning framework specific for the region that incorporates the impact of climate change on spatial and infrastructure coastal resilience planning, integrating upfront different disciplines and knowledge. Learn more about integrated coastal resilience planning at this session.


Dr Karenne Tun

Dr Karenne Tun
Director, Coastal & Marine and Terrestrial Branches
National Biodiversity Centre
National Parks Board (NParks)

Dr Karenne Tun joined NParks in 2013, after a 18-year circuit within academia, non-profit organisation and private environmental consultancy. Karenne’s current work at NParks covers the management and conservation of Singapore’s native biodiversity within both the terrestrial and coastal and marine environments. Her team also oversees the management of Singapore’s first Marine Park - the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park. In 2021, Karenne was nominated and selected as one of the 25 member Group of Experts for the United Nations Regular Process for the 3rd Cycle, tasked to prepare the 3rd World Ocean Assessment (WOA3) by 2025.


Nature's Blueprint: Bolstering coastal and marine ecosystem resilience through nature-based solutions

Climate change will disproportionately impact coastal and marine ecosystems, and the race is on to find practical and implementable solutions to manage and mitigate impacts in the near and long term at local, national and regional levels. This presentation will provide a general overview of the state of the world’s oceans in the face of climate change, and outline Singapore’s strategies for building resilience within Singapore’s coastal and marine ecosystems.


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Prof Dale Barker
Centre for Climate Change Research Singapore (CCRS)

As the Director of CCRS, Prof Dale Barker provides strategic direction, oversight of the centre’s weather/climate science activities, and engages with senior stakeholders in the national/international weather/climate community. Prof Barker has extensive experience in data assimilation research, use of observations in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), and regional climate reanalysis. He led the WRF data assimilation programme at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado (1999-2009). Between 2010 and 2018 he led the scientific development of the first EU-funded European regional reanalysis.

In his previous role before joining CCRS, Prof Barker was the Associate Director for Weather Science at the Met Office, leading 200 staff working in meteorological R&D and the research-to-operational transition of global/local NWP, ocean/wave forecasting, air quality, and atmospheric dispersion systems. Prof Barker is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) and Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS). He is a visiting professor at Reading University UK, an NCAR affiliate scientist, previous member of WMO/WWRP’s mesoscale weather forecasting WG, and chairs the scientific advisory committee for the new KIAPS Korean NWP system