Climate Change : Review of the Natural Carbon Sequestration

Committee Meeting
Energy/Infrastructure , Sustainability
Date and Time: 
12 Apr 2017
08:30 to 10:00
French Chamber Meeting Room, 541 Orchard Road, #09-01 Liat Towers, Singapore
Registration Dates: 
31 Jan 2017
11 Apr 2017

Attending this session will give you the great opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of:

1. Climate Change : An overview from a scientific perspective

  • Is the Climate Changing ?
  • Can we Correlate Atmospheric Carbon Increase and Temperature Increase ?
  • Are the Human Activities Responsible for it ?
  • Beyond Climate Change : Threats from Land Use Change, Air and Water Pollution

 2. Carbon and Society : The Paris Agreement (COP21) and its Implications

  • What’s inside this agreement ?
  • (How) can we meet the agreement ?

3. Towards the future : Natural Carbon Sinks and/or Sources


  • Deforestation, Carbon Emissions, and the Haze : The Case of Tropical Peatlands in Indonesia
  • Natural Carbon Sinks : The Case of Mangroves and their Potential Carbon Mitigation Role

About the Speakers:

  • Dr Massimo Lupascu, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore

Dr Massimo Lupascu is Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at the National University of Singapore. He holds a BSc in Biology and MSc in Ecology (Laurea Magistrale) from the Universita’ degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy, and a PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Bristol, UK.

His master’s thesis project in aquatic microbial ecology was carried out at the Water Research Institute-National Research Council (Fazi's lab) in Rome. After a period of traveling in Argentina and South-East Asia, he started his PhD investigating the controls of methane production and consumption in the permafrost active layer at Stordalen, Sweden, using lipid biomarkers and incubation studies. He then worked at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations on climate change issues related to the agricultural sector and financing mechanisms. 

His postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine (Czimczik's lab) focused on the cycling of C between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere using a variety of biogeochemical tools, including analysis of trace gases (CO2, CH4, N2O, their stable C isotopes and radiocarbon content (14C-AMS). During this time his research activities have been concentrated in high latitudes, including Greenland, Svalbard and Alaska.

His current research focuses on green house gases emissions (GHGs) after conversion of tropical peatlands to oil palm plantation and after fire events in Indonesia and Malaysia.


  • Pierre Taillardat, PhD Candidate, National University of Singapore

Pierre Taillardat is a PhD Candidate in Geography at the National University of Singapore. He received his bachelor degree in Geosciences from the Université François Rabelais, France and his Msc in Environmental Sciences from the Université du Québéc à Montréal, Canada.

His research examines the biogeochemical processes occurring in tropical environments and their associated consequences/benefits in the context of global change. Pierre has been working in the Vietnamese mangroves for over 7 years with the objective of describing the ability of mangrove forests to act as natural carbon sinks. His work has direct implications for successfully implementing the COP21 Paris agreement, by balancing human induced CO2 emissions with natural carbon sequestration projects.


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Registration are now closed.