Cooler Calmer Singapore is a synergy project between SEC, CREATE research institutes, Singapore Universities, and Singaporean agencies. It addresses the problem of heat and noise pollution as anthropogenic effects, which causes increasing health, energy and social costs in urban areas. Enhancing the quality of life in Singapore in spite of the tropical climate and high-density urban living in a sustainable manner is our research’s purpose. Without compromising individual freedom of energy use or travelling, advised policy making needs a much deeper understanding about the nature of heat and noise.
Starting on a very small scale in terms of climate science special attention is here dedicated to buildings and traffic as major contributors to the problem. Underestimating the human influence through local energy consumption disabled the latest research on the urban climate to develop appropriate means to mitigate the effect, which opens the door for the fundamental new approach of Cooler Calmer Singapore. In collaboration with our partners from Singaporean agencies we offer basic knowledge on cause and consequence, as well as sophisticated implementation tools and police guidelines for making Singapore a cooler, calmer and more liveable place on Earth.
The Cooler Calmer Singapore project will be unprecedented and novel in that it proposes a bottom-up analysis/design scenario approach, which can be extrapolated for the entire island of Singapore. It will provide hard facts by measurements and theory development how temperature and noise are influenced by local parameters. Improving the existing numerical computer models on urban climate with knowledge on local phenomena enables the consecutive simulation design cycle, which evaluates global factors like zoning on the master plan level or Singapore’s energy strategy.
The ultimate goal of the Cooler Calmer Singapore project is to provide sound urban solutions that could (i) reduce the temperature in the built-up areas of Singapore, (ii) reduce the noise level on and surrounding all streets and (iii) influence positively secondary effects, like health & liveability, energy consumption and the related costs. The project is therefore crucial in view of the plans to increase the population and the density of Singapore in the coming two decades, while climate change might raise background temperature levels.