Mr Warwick McDonald

Research Director

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Warwick McDonald leads CSIRO Land and Water's Water Resource Management Program. The Program undertakes water resource assessments and forecasts to inform the sustainable management of Australia’s surface and groundwater resources. The Program is developing and delivering risk-based cumulative impact assessment on water-dependent assets to support government and the resources sector. Integrated systems modelling frameworks for large basin-scale water management are being applied internationally.The Program is also recognised internationally for leadership in interoperable environmental information supply chains.

Prior to rejoining CSIRO Warwick led the Environmental Information Services Branch of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, where he had responsibility for developing and implementing the National Plan for Environmental Information – an Australian Government initiative to improve the quality and coverage of Australia's environmental information. This Program is jointly implemented with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

From 2008 to 2011 he was Director of the Water Information Research and Development Alliance (WIRADA). WIRADA is an alliance between the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship. The Alliance brings together the Flagship's expertise in water and information sciences with the Bureau of Meteorology's operational role in hydrologic analysis and prediction. In this role, he oversaw the planning and implementation of the Alliance objectives by facilitating a highly collaborative research partnership.

From 2007 to 2008 he led DairyNZ’s environmental sustainability initiatives on behalf of the New Zealand dairy industry.

From 2004 to 2006 Mr McDonald served as the Flagship’s inaugural Science Director, providing strategic direction on all aspects of the Flagship’s research portfolio.
Prior to joining CSIRO Mr McDonald was the Director of the Integrated Catchment Management Business Unit in the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, where he managed the dryland, targeted vegetation management, salinity and Basin Communities Programs. He was closely involved in the negotiation of a landmark memorandum of understanding with the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations.

Warwick was also the Technical Director of the National Land and Water Resources Audit, managing the development, technical design and implementation of the Audit's work program (1998 – 2002) culminating in the production of seven national assessments of water, dryland salinity, biodiversity, rangelands condition, agriculture resource use and management, catchment-river-estuarine health, and economic assessment of natural resources use and management.