Global Change Advisory

Global Change Advisory provides strategic advice and capacity development in the use of environmental intelligence for managing water scarcity under changing climate conditions. The Principal, Professor Rob Vertessy, draws on his prior experience as a research leader in CSIRO, government agency head at the Bureau of Meteorology and contributor to Australian water reform policy at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Organisational Capability

  • Water information
    Water resource assessment and accounting
    Water management challenges associated with climate variability and climate change
    Water policy and water management
    Institutional arrangements and government policy to improve environmental intelligence
    Executive leadership of science-based government agencies
    Communication and marketing of government policies related to water and climate


  • Proposal to establish an Australian Centre for Water Security,Good Practice Guidelines for Water Data Management,Australia's progress in reform water information arrangements
    Prepare a concept note on behalf of a consortium of four Australian universities,Prepare guidelines for the UN/World Bank-led High Level Panel on Water, on behalf of BoM and DFAT,Presentations to and discussions with senior officials in Iran, Jordan and India