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Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change affects Singapore's annual mean surface temperature, which has risen from 26.8°C in 1948 to 27.6°C in 2011. The daily rainfall totals and frequency of days with heavier rainfall have also risen.

Additionally, the mean sea level has shown an annual increase of 3 mm per year over the last 15 years. This makes adaption measures a necessity for Singapore to prepare for the effects and to increase resilience to the effects of climate change.

Singapore's Approach to Adaptation

Singapore has started making early preparations to adapt to the impact of climate change. At the same time, our understanding of climate change is continually evolving. To address the projected effects of climate change over the next 50 to 100 years, the government has introduced a resilience framework to guide our efforts in safeguarding Singapore over the long term.

Singapore's Adaptation Approach
Singapore's Adaptation Approach
Source: Resilience Working Group

Being Flexible to Incorporate Future Findings

The Resilience Working Group (RWG) under the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC) is currently studying measures that will address our physical vulnerabilities to climate change.

These will include an evaluation of the Phase 2 Climate Change Study and the Building and Construction Authority's (BCA) Risk Map Study. Updates from these studies will be reviewed by RWG so that they can be incorporated into Singapore's long-term adaptation plans.

Last updated 27 Dec 2017

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