NUSDeltares is the strategic knowledge alliance between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Dutch applied research institute Deltares, that aims to bridge the gap between science and society.
The vision of NUSDeltares is to enable sustainable development and urban resilience in South-East Asia by bringing together fundamental and applied research. An important cross-cutting element is the use and development of (big) data, models, and information and decision support systems.
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The water- and soil related expertise of NUS and Deltares covers a wide area. This enables us to do research, provide training and give specialist advice with respect to infrastructure, environment, flood risk, resource management, integrated planning, and policy support. But we have chosen to concentrate our strategic cooperation on the following three topics:
Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on communities in the medium to long term, but the magnitude of these impacts remains difficult to predict. Adaptation strategies that may appear obvious under present climate conditions could become irrelevant if these conditions change. There are numerous uncertainties involved, and with them, risks of over- or under-investing. It is therefore crucial to be able to predict climate related impacts, to understand and reduce uncertainties, and to develop cost-effective strategies to minimize these risks.More on this topic
High density living
Land has always been a precious resource in South East Asian cities, particularly in Singapore. Within the field of research of High Density Living, several aspects need to be addressed in more detail. In particular, these are the sustainable management of resources such as water, energy and food supply; blue green infrastructure for healthy and liveable cities; land subsidence and groundwater abstraction; and compact urban planning and design.More on this topic
Urban water management
Cities in Southwest Asia are among the fastest growing in the world. Population growth, economic development and climate change result in multiple challenges for urban water management. The available water resources are under increasing pressure. The demand for space to store water is growing, both to prevent urban flooding in times of heavy rainfall and as strategic storage capacity in times of drought.More on this topic
In our Alliance, participating specialists from various groups within NUS and Deltares jointly cover a wide range of disciplines and expertise: