CSIRO Land and Water science review


CSIRO Land and Water

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.


A panorama of the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth, New South Wales. The Darling River is on the left of the photo.Image: By Peterdownunder [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons