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NUS joins hands with SLA to promote use of GPS for environmental research

March 22, 2010
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Originally published on the NUS Website

MOU Signing Ceremony

 Photo credits to NUS. In the photo (from left): SLA Chief Executive Mr Vincent Hoong, TMSI Director Prof Peter Ng, SLA Chief Surveyor Mr Soh Kheng Peng and NUS Deputy President (Research & Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell signing the agreement.

The Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) at NUS is first to partner Singapore Land Transport Authority (SLA) in promoting the use of a Singapore Satellite Positioning Reference Network (SiReNT) GPS reference station for engineering, recreational and scientific activities.

Formalising their partnership, the two organisations inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 19 March 2010 to inaugurate the 6th SiReNT station owned by SLA which provides real-time and post process GPS correction data based on a Singapore reference frame – the SiReNT Pulau Semakau Reference Station (SSMK). Located at Pulau Semakau, this new station promises even higher accuracy of collected data and greater opportunities for research in environmental monitoring and management around the Southern Islands of Singapore.

TMSI will provide expertise on applications of GPS reference to study five areas, namely, coastline retreat and erosion; beach profile monitoring; inter-tidal habitat and biodiversity mapping for Singapore; land subsidence studies; and real-time integration with environmental monitoring sensors.

Commenting on the advantages of this TMSI-SLA collaboration, Director of Tropical Marine Science Institute Prof Peter Ng Kee Lin said, “The 6th SiReNT station can break new ground in the way we collect and analyse data while lending greater understanding of contributing environmental factors in our joint study. In addition, the inclusion of SSMK to the existing reference network can impact the way we evaluate our coasts and marine life for conservation and management by an estimated 50% increase in efficiency and even present new cost-saving measures.”

“I view this collaboration between SLA and TMSI as a perfect match – with SiReNT providing highly accurate positioning data and the experts from TMSI harvesting the data for environmental and earth monitoring purposes,” said Chief Surveyor of SLA Mr Soh Kheng Peng. In a broader sense, Mr Soh said, “It is also SLA’s intention to support national and inter-agency efforts towards tackling climate change challenges that we will be facing. The signing of this MOU encapsulates how we can play our part towards this objective.”#

Great effort and collaboration. Now, will this information be made available to the public or not?

Mel

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