Dr Christian Roth

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Dr Roth has a PhD in soil physics from the University of Göttingen, Germany and over 30 years of research experience in tropical land and water management. Dr Roth joined CSIRO Land and Water as a Principal Scientist in 1996. Based in Townsville he led CLW’s Tropical Land and Water Management Program as well as acting as the Officer-in-Charge of CSIRO’s Davies Laboratory until 2004. During this period he established and led major research projects studying the impact of land use on sediment and nutrient export to the Great Barrier Reef. From 2004 he spent close to 5 years with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in Canberra, where he was Research Program Manager for the Land and Water Resources Program and ACIAR’s Regional Coordinator for South Asia.

In 2008 he returned to CSIRO to lead new projects on climate adaptation and rice-based farming systems in South and SE Asia and to assume thought leadership in research for development. Since 2015 he has re-engaged in research related to the Great Barrier Reef and is now research coordinator for Great Barrier Reef related research in CSIRO. He has produced over 220 publications and research reports, mainly on soil hydrology, erosion processes, sediment export and control, tillage and soil management. Recent focus of his publications has been climate adaptation, rice based farming systems in Asia, research for development and principles underpinning impact science.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    ACIAR - Promoting socially inclusive agricultural intensification in West Bengal and Bangladesh

  • Group Leader
    CSIRO - Catchment Processes

  • Coordinator
    Great Barrier Reef

Academic Qualifications

  • 1985

    Dr. sc. agr., Institute of Soil Science, University of Goettingen, Germany


We have publications by Dr Christian Roth
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: Christian H Roth Researcher ID: F-8184-2010 ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-8264-8665