Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides independent oversight of, and guidance to, the Decadal Climate Forecasting Project Team.

Saul Eslake (Independent Chair – Economist,
Hydro Tasmania Board)

Saul Eslake is Principal of Corinna Economic Advisory, an independent economics consulting business based in Hobart, Tasmania. He is also Vice-Chancellor’s fellow at the University of Tasmania; a non-executive director of Housing Choices Australia Ltd, a not-for-profit provider and manager of affordable housing for disadvantaged people; a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania, Tasmania’s principal electricity generator; and chairman of Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania’s biennial arts festival. Saul is also a member of the panel of expert advisors to Australia’s Parliamentary Budget Office, which provides independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals to members of Australia’s National Parliament.



Adam Scaife (Science Expert – UK Met Office)

Professor Adam Scaife is head of long range prediction at the Met Office in the UK and Professor of Applied Maths at Exeter University. Adam co-chairs the WCRP Grand Challenge on Near Term Climate Prediction and was recently awarded the Copernicus Medal for his research and international collaborations on long range weather forecasting, computer modelling and prediction of climate.



David Karoly (Science Expert, National Environmental Science Program – Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub Leader)

Dr David Karoly is the leader of the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub in the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program, based in CSIRO. He is also an honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is an internationally recognised expert on climate change and climate variability.





Jo Evans (Stakeholders & Applications – Deputy Secretary at Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy)

Jo Evans is the Deputy Secretary responsible for Climate Change and Energy Innovation, which includes the Emissions Reduction Fund, international climate programs, ozone and air quality programs and clean energy innovation.




Andrew Watkins (Climate Application Expert, Bureau of Meteorology)

Dr. Andrew Watkins has worked at the Bureau of Meteorology since 1999, and now leads the Bureau’s Long-range Forecasts team. Prior to the Bureau he worked at the Co-Operative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology at Monash University, researching both decadal climate cycles and ways to improve weather forecast models. He has worked in the Solomon Islands assisting the US NOAA ‘Hurricane Hunter’ aircraft during research into the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), as well as in the Antarctic studying the sea ice that influences the Southern Hemisphere’s weather and climate. Andrew has served on several United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) expert teams on climate matters, is a key contributor to WMO statements on El Nino risk, and was previously a co-editor of the annual Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society’s ‘Status of the Global Climate’ reports. Andrew is a firm believer in matching the best weather and climate science to real user needs using great communication and diverse channels.


Brendan Dalton (Chief Information and Data Officer, CSIRO)

Brendan Dalton has been CSIRO’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) since July 2015. As CIO Brendan manages CSIRO’s scientific computing capability which includes one of the largest computational and simulation science teams in Australia, and cutting edge computational and data technology services, all focused on maximising research outcomes.
For more than a decade prior to joining CSIRO, Brendan held Senior Executive and CIO roles with the Australian Government.  He has led the design, delivery and successful implementation of several significant technology-enabled government programs working with industry, the innovation and education sectors. He has also held senior policy advising and delivery roles supporting government investment in industry, research and innovation. Brendan has qualifications in technology, management and the humanities. He is a keen eResearcher and has published research on the gold rush era and Australia’s development in the mid-19th century.



Tony Worby (O&A Business Unit Director)

Dr Tony Worby was appointed as the Director of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere in August 2017. Prior to this appointment he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre from 2014 until 2017. From 2011 – 2014 Tony held the role of Deputy Chief (Marine) within CSIRO’s Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research.






Richard Matear (Project leader for Decadal Climate Forecasting Project)

Dr Richard Matear is a Chief Research Scientist in the Climate Science Centre at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Richard’s research interests involve exploring the role the oceans play in the global climate and carbon systems. His research exploits models and observations to understand the mechanisms driving climate variability and determining how the oceans will respond to climate change. Richard is currently investigating the predictability of the climate system and trying to demonstrate the utility of climate forecasts at the multi-year timescale.