Monitoring, assessing and forecasting environmental states and processes will be more and more important in a world facing global change and sustainability limits. Societies will be challenged to maintain, let alone improve, food security, water security and biodiversity, so situational awareness about the environment must be greatly enhanced.
The Bureau of Meteorology is evolving into a broad-based environmental intelligence service for Australia. Over the last decade the Bureau has taken on several new functions that have already set us on this path, including various new ocean, water resources and space weather services. These developments arise at a time when the planet is changing faster than ever before, when society is demanding more of science, and when technological advances in environmental sensing and earth system simulation are occurring faster than our ability to appropriate them.
Rob will demonstrate that these are exciting and important times for scientific communities and operational agencies specializing in environmental intelligence. He will make specific reference to the importance of the mathematical sciences in underpinning such endeavours.
When: 6pm, 25 June 2013
Where: Physiology Theatre 63, St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland
About the Presenter
Dr Rob Vertessy
Director of Meteorology and CEO, Bureau of Meteorology
In 2012, Dr Rob Vertessy was appointed as the Director and CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology. Prior to that, he was head of the Bureau’s Climate and Water Division, which is responsible for the National Climate Centre, the national flood forecasting and warning service, and new initiative laying the foundations for a National Plan for Environmental Information. Rob commenced that role in 2007 after a 20‑year career as a research scientist at CSIRO. At CSIRO, he specialised in forest hydrology and catchment modelling and is widely published in these fields.
Rob served as Chief Executive of the CRC for Catchment Hydrology (2002‑2004) and Chief of CSIRO Land and Water (2004‑2007). Between his CSIRO and Bureau appointments, Rob was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to advise on the establishment of a national water information strategy. This strategy was taken up by the Australian Government in 2007 and is now being implemented by the Bureau.