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Dr Scott Wilkinson

Principal Research Scientist


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Scott Wilkinson researches the sources, transport processes and management of river basin sediment and nutrient loads, with a focus on gully and stream bank rehabilitation. He provides technical advice on implementing erosion management programs, and on evaluating the outcomes for sediment delivery and sustainable land management. Dr Wilkinson designed the catchment sediment budget framework used to report the outcomes of water quality improvement programs in catchments draining to the Great Barrier Reef. He contributed to the Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Scientific Consensus Statements in 2008, 2013 and 2017, and chaired the 8th International Symposium on Gully Erosion in 2019. Recent collaborators include universities and government agencies.

Recent research topics:
* A cost-benefit analysis framework to target gully and stream bank erosion control for maximum reduction in catchment sediment yields and to evaluate program outcomes
* Assessment of erosion rates and treatment outcomes through analysis of LiDAR data, remote sensing and field monitoring
* A technical guidance manual for design and implementation of erosion control programs in Great Barrier Reef catchments
* Catchment-scale studies of sediment sources based on spatial modelling, sediment source tracing and water quality monitoring.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Technical Partner, Reef Trust Gully and Stream Bank Erosion Control Program

  • Project Leader
    Assessing gully and stream bank erosion risk with LiDAR

  • Member
    Alligator Rivers Region Technical Committee

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    Monash University

  • 1995

    BE (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
    Monash University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2022-

    Growing Our Impact Award
    CSIRO Land and Water

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