Professor Gerhard Schmitt principal investigator of the Cooling Singapore project, was featured on Channel NewsAsia's "Why It Matters: Killer Heat"
In the episode that aired on 31 December, Prof Schmitt spoke to host Joshua Lim about the urban heat island (UHI) effect, how stacks of air-conditioners contribute to the UHI effect in Singapore, and why it is crucial to mitigate its effect.
The Cooling Singapore Platform: Today, tomorrow and beyond
November 27. 2018, 1.40 pm - 4.30 pm
The objectives of the 5th Cooling Singapore workshop were to summarize the outcomes of Cooling Singapore 1.0, including the latest key findings of the Cooling Singapore project and to introduce agencies and researchers to the next phase of Cooling Singapore in 2019.
The Cooling Agents report was developed to provide a systematic overview of all research projects, organisations, and key personnel in Singapore that work on UHI analysis and mitigation aspects. Within the report the relevant Masterplans, technology roadmaps, and other forward-looking documents/plans we reviewed. Highlighting the key elements that contribute to heat generation today and in the future.
PUBLISHED SEP 6, 2018, 5:00 AM SGT
Cooling Singapore Symposium:
Towards a Heat Resilient Singapore
11 July 2018, 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore
The Cooling Singapore Symposium took place during the World Cities Summit conference at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, and drew an audience of around 250 people including researchers, academics, the private sector, government, NGOs and media.
The Symposium opened with a keynote speech by Mr Peter Ho, senior advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures and chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The project’s principal investigators, Prof Dr Gerhard Schmitt (Singapore-ETH centre) and Prof Dr Peter Edwards (Singapore-ETH centre), presented findings and recommendations by the team. Finally, a panel discussion with experts from academia, industry, and government agency reflected on Cooling Singapore and issues surrounding UHI and OTC.
Cooling Singapore: Proposed projects and extended collaborations
June 1. 2018, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
The objectives of this preview and scoping session were to:
Present a summary of the key findings of the Cooling Singapore project and their implications to government agencies; and
To discuss the need for further research and widening the scope for the next phase of Cooling Singapore. In addition, this event represents a networking opportunity between Cooling Singapore, its current and prospective partners, as well as government agency representatives.
Workshop on strategy assessment
January 19. 2018, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
The workshop aims to provide an overview on the activities and findings of the Cooling Singapore project during the last 12 months. Especially, the results of the dialogues with agencies will be presented, together with outcomes of the thermal comfort mitigation strategies assessment. Furthermore, two key experts have been invited to amplify their experience on involving urban climate in the city planning. Finally, the definitions of the roadmap to mitigate the Urban Heat Island (UHI) and improve the Outdoor Thermal Comfort (OTC) in Singapore will be presented. All in all, the workshop will serve as a platform to push forward awareness and discussion on UHI and OTC in Singapore from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Workshop 'toward a roadmap'
December 7. 2017, 9.00 am - 1.00 pm
The workshop aimed to help defining key elements of a roadmap with the horizon 2030 and 2050. Current and future considerations on infrastructure, technology, policies and regulatory frameworks were discussed. Solutions to mitigate the urban heat island effect and improve the outdoor thermal comfort were analysed among the multi-disciplinary audience.
CREATE 10th anniversary symposium
December 1. 2017, 9.45 am - 10.00 am
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), a symposium took place featured research highlights from CREATE centres over the past years. We celebrated the successes and fruitful partnerships that the different CREATE centres have forged with academia, government agencies and industry. Prof. Dr. Peter Edwards was invited to give a keynote presentation about Cooling Singapore, the first intra-CREATE project.
Workshop on mitigation strategies
July 3. 2017, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
The workshop aimed to start the collaboration between the UHI task force members and the Cooling Singapore research team. This first workshop provided an overview on the activities planned by the Cooling Singapore project. The catalogue of strategies was presented and discussed together with government agencies. Also, the direction of the modelling work for the selected test areas was presented.
A catalogue of simulation tools for cooling Singapore
A simplified guide of 24 main simulation tools to assess the impact of different mitigation strategies in reducing Urban Heat Island (UHI) and improving Outdoor Thermal Comfort (OTC) in Singapore and similar local contexts. The guide provides useful links, references, and a matrix specifically developed to help users compare the features of the 24 simulation tools. The material was collected through literature reviews, interviews with people developing tools in Singapore, and a questionnaire within the scientific community of SEC, SMART, TUMCREATE, and NUS.
A catalogue of strategies for cooling Singapore
The catalogue of strategies aims to give a comprehensive overview of strategies and measures that are available to mitigate UHI and improve OTC. The catalogue contains 86 measures, grouped in 7 clusters. Each measure describes its impact towards UHI and OTC, its applicability in the tropical climate, its integration into urban planning, and its current research status. With this catalogue, we hope to support the urban planning and design process with actionable knowledge.
Mitigation strategies survey
The Cooling Singapore (CS) team asked scientist and researchers from different fields of expertise to complete a 10 - 15 minutes questionnaire and identify strategies to reduce Urban Heat Island (UHI) and improve Outdoor Thermal Comfort (OTC) in Singapore.
Assessment models/tools survey
The Cooling Singapore (CS) team asked scientist and researchers from different fields of expertise to complete a 10 minutes questionnaire and identify simulation models/tools to assess the microclimate impact of strategies to reduce Urban Heat Island (UHI) and improve Outdoor Thermal Comfort (OTC) in Singapore.