What I did
Every 4 or 5 years, each business unit in CSIRO is reviewed by a panel of external reviewers. The panel is supplied in advance with a comprehensive report describing each research program in the business unit’s portfolio.
In 2018, I edited the 7 program reports (>63,000 words) for the Land and Water business unit:
- water resource management
- environmental contamination mitigation and biotechnology
- basin management outcomes
- biodiversity, ecosystem knowledge and services
- landscape intensification
- synthetic biology
- adaptive urban social systems.
I offered advice on the structure of the reports and edited each report (substantive and copyedit).
Each report had a different author so my role included bringing a consistent style and voice to the reports.
I also edited 15 short (1-2 page) case studies. Some required a copyedit while others required more of a substantive edit.
- noble gases as environmental tracers in groundwater research
- CSIRO’s noble gas measurement facility – the first in the southern hemisphere
- hydroclimate research to support adaptation to climate change in south-east Australia
- streamflow forecasting
- the Water Information Research and Development Alliance (WIRADA)
- the case for a national environmental prediction capability
- adaptive management for sustainable forestry in Indonesia and Vietnam
- harnessing artificial intelligence to halt the biodiversity crisis
- the Atlas of Living Australia – Indigenous ecological knowledge
- analysing biodiversity data at unprecedented resolutions (innovation in cloud computing and data storage)
- science diplomacy – research for river basins
- coordinating Great Barrier Reef-related research
- monitoring the world’s rangelands and pastures with GEOGLAM RAPP
- CSIRO Knowledge Network
- sequestering carbon – science to support national policy and land management.
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