Scientists to help with basin plan

By Country News

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has appointed seven Australian scientists to the independent advisory body to assist with the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

MDBA chair Neil Andrew said the Advisory Committee on Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences would involve a variety of scientific disciplines to ensure a thorough understanding of the basin plan.

‘‘The committee comprises an outstanding group of technical experts specialising in different aspects of water-related research and analysis for the Murray-Darling,’’ Mr Andrew said.

‘‘Their technical and policy expertise in economics, hydrology, climate, ecology, water governance and law, sociology and sustainable systems will inform the MDBA’s ongoing work to deliver the basin plan to meet the future needs of the economies, communities and environmental assets of the basin.’’

The committee will be chaired by water security and environmental intelligence expert and former head of the Bureau of Meteorology, Professor Robert Vertessy, from University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering.

‘‘It is critically important that the authority’s deliberations are supported by active engagement with the academic community,’’ Mr Andrew said.

The committee meets two or three times a year and provides ongoing advice to the MDBA.

The committee’s focus for 2018-19 includes hydrological issues, the approach to basin plan evaluation, climate change and adaptive management.