Professor Amos Tai of Earth System Science Programme has a broad research interest in atmospheric chemistry and physics, air pollution, ecosystem services and food security under climate change. To solve the complex problems in environment, he makes use of high-performance computing and bridges physical sciences with life sciences from an earth system perspective.
Environmental problems ranging from air pollution, food insecurity, and agricultural practices are interlocking that each of them should not be examined individually. Professor Tai whose postgraduate study focused on atmospheric and climate sciences decided to go the extra mile to learn about how biological resources can be used to tackle issues like climate change and air pollution, which is an unusual approach in the field. With his solid training in engineering sciences, he also deploys supercomputers to build models and uses back-tested data and inputs from different current drives to anticipate future climate change and identify optimal strategies to handle such change. Though the data collected is on a small scale, it can generate a huge and significant impact on the whole world.