As an island nation surrounded by the sea, marine science is very important to Singapore's environmental, industrial and economic health. Since November 2016, SCELSE has ventured into marine science with the launch of the Marine Science Research and Development Programme (MSRDP) funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Pioneering MSRDP projects at SCELSE integrate research across multiple disciplines and research organisations to reach a common goal of boosting the knowledge of our surrounding marine environment. Projects include an investigation of the coral holobiont to sediment stress and interaction with seaweeds, a study of microbially induced corrosion (MIC) in deep ocean environments, a study to ecologically engineer Singapore's seawalls to enhance biodiversity and a study to understand the viral control of phytoplankton blooms in Singapore's coastal waters.
This is a significant push for marine science in Singapore with these projects that capitalise on Singapore's unique urban setting and tropical marine diversity through interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research.