Academic Profile

Adam Switzer holds concurrent positions as Associate Professor at the Asian School of the Environment, Assistant Dean (Development) at the College of Science, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) and Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS). He is a broadly trained coastal geoscientist and the overarching driver of his research is a desire to use interdisciplinary geoscience to solve contemporary problems at local, regional and international scales.

His main research interest lies the study of catastrophic marine inundation events (tsunami or large storms), sea level changes, coral reefs and tropical coasts and investigating the relationship between tectonics and climate change in coastal systems. After obtaining a BSc and PhD in Geosciences from the University of Wollongong, Australia he accepted an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong fellowship to study at The University of Hong Kong where he held positions as Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor.

Adam is an internationally recognized expert in coastal science. In the field of coastal hazards Adam has pioneered the study of storm and tsunami deposits with studies in Australia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia. Here, he focuses on the use of geophysical techniques like GPR and the sedimentary study of sand and boulders deposited by tsunamis and storms. His Quaternary geology work focuses on the coastal evolution of tropical coastal systems in Vietnam, Singapore and China where he uses geological techniques to reconstruct past environmental change and investigate the role of sea level change, climate variability and human influence on the evolution of tropical and sub-tropical coastal systems. His work on coral reefs and tropical coasts focuses on coral records of environmental change including the study of past ocean changes, pollutants, storm and tsunami events and heavy metal sedimentation.

His research program at the Earth Observatory of Singapore aims to facilitate the development of safer and more sustainable communities in Asia. His research group focusses on Asia and currently involves collaborations with people from ten Asian nations.

Adam is a former Executive Council member of the Asia Oceania Geoscience Society and he has been PI or Co-I on 17 grants in Singapore (worth >$17.5M). He has authorship on >95 peer-review publications. He is a founding editor of the Journal Communications Earth and Environment from Nature. Adam is also passionate about science communication and has appeared in documentaries for Mediacorp (Singapore), Curiosity Channel (Discovery) and BBC (UK) and delivered invited talks a numerous international venues including the World Economic Forum.
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Assoc Prof Adam Douglas Switzer
Assistant Dean (Development), Asian School of the Environment
Associate Professor, Asian School of the Environment
Assistant Dean (Development), College of Science

Adam Switzer is an internationally recognized coastal sceintist with research interests in
* tsunamis
* tropical cyclones and large storms
* sea level changes
* coral reefs and tropical coasts
* tsunami and storm surge modelling
* climate change impacts in coastal systems
* Ground Penetrating Radar
 
  • Asessing Extreme Sea Level Exposure for Singapore and the central Sunda Shelf Region

  • Investigating marine records of late Quaternary hydroclimate variability in the Maritime Continent

  • Kallang Basin Singapore

  • Multidisciplinary reconstructions of notable historical tsunamis and storms in the region

  • Physical And Biogeochemical Effects Of Sediment Transport On Coral Reefs

  • Southeast Asia SEA-Level Program (SEA2)
 
  • Gouramanis, C., Switzer, A. D., Bristow, C. S., Pham, D. T., Mauz, B., Hoang, Q. D., ... & Sloss, C. (2020). Holocene evolution of the Chan May coastal embayment, central Vietnam: Changing coastal dynamics associated with decreasing rates of progradation possibly forced by mid-to late-Holocene sea-level changes. Geomorphology, 367 , 107273.

  • Chua, S., Switzer, A. D., Kearsey, T. I., Bird, M. I., Rowe, C., Chiam, K., & Horton, B. P. (2020). A new Quaternary stratigraphy of the Kallang River Basin, Singapore: Implications for urban development and geotechnical engineering in Singapore. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 200 , 104430.

  • Bradley, K., Mallick, R., Andikagumi, H., Hubbard, J., Meilianda, E., Switzer, A., ... & Hill, E. M. (2019). Earthquake-triggered 2018 Palu Valley landslides enabled by wet rice cultivation. Nature Geoscience, 12(11) , 935-939.

  • Li, L., Switzer, A. D., Wang, Y., Chan, C. H., Qiu, Q., & Weiss, R. (2018). A modest 0.5-m rise in sea level will double the tsunami hazard in Macau. Science Advances, 4(8) , eaat1180.

  • Meltzner, A. J., Switzer, A. D., Horton, B. P., Ashe, E., Qiu, Q., Hill, D. F., ... & Suwargadi, B. W. (2017). Half-metre sea-level fluctuations on centennial timescales from mid-Holocene corals of Southeast Asia. Nature Communications , 8(1), 1-16.

  • Li, L., Switzer, A. D., Chan, C. H., Wang, Y., Weiss, R., & Qiu, Q. (2016). How heterogeneous coseismic slip affects regional probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment: A case study in the South China Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 121(8) , 6250-6272.

  • Soria, J. L. A., Switzer, A. D., Villanoy, C. L., Fritz, H. M., Bilgera, P. H. T., Cabrera, O. C., ... & Fernandez, I. Q. (2016). Repeat storm surge disasters of Typhoon Haiyan and its 1897 predecessor in the Philippines. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97(1) , 31-48.

  • Paris, R., Switzer, A. D., Belousova, M., Belousov, A., Ontowirjo, B., Whelley, P. L., & Ulvrova, M. (2014). Volcanic tsunami: a review of source mechanisms, past events and hazards in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea). Natural Hazards, 70(1) , 447-470.

  • Switzer, A. D., & Burston, J. M. (2010). Competing mechanisms for boulder deposition on the southeast Australian coast. Geomorphology, 114(1-2) , 42-54.