Dr Bryson Bates
Bachelor of Engineering 1978

Dr Bryson Bates is an internationally renowned leader of research into climate change and variability. He brings together an extensive knowledge of hydrology and statistics to explore the impact of climate change and variability on water resources and climatic and weather extremes. After a distinguished career at CSIRO culminating in his position as a Chief Research Scientist, he recently retired and is now an Adjunct Professor at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia. He is a member of the United Nations’ World Water Assessment Programme Expert Group on Climate Change and Water, and Expert Group on Scenarios.

Through his long involvement with the CSIRO, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), various universities and industries, Dr Bates has built an international community of practice supporting climate science and its application. He was recognised for his efforts to counter anthropogenic climate change and to reduce the risk of global conflict through his contribution to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded jointly to the IPCC and Al Gore.