Dr Andrew McCowan appointed to Coasts and Climate Change Council

Dr Andrew McCowan appointed to Coasts and Climate Change Council


Dr Andrew McCowan, Managing Director and founder of Water Technology, haWater Engineers: Dr Andrew McCowan appointed to Coasts and Climate Change Councils been appointed to the federal government’s Coasts and Climate Change Council by Greg Combet, the federal Climate Change Minister.

The Council was originally established in late 2009 under the chairmanship of Professor Tim Flannery. Its purpose was to engage with communities and stakeholders and to advise the Government on key issues relating to Climate Change and the Australian coast. The Council provided its end of term report to the Minister in December 2010. The Council’s report and key recommendations can be found at: http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/government/initiatives/australias-coasts-and-climate-change/adapting/coasts-and-climate-change-council.aspx

The term of the Coasts and Climate Change Council has now been extended until December 2011. Its principal focus is now on advising government to ensure progress on coastal adaptation. Professor Bruce Thom AM is the new head of the Council, and the Council’s membership includes representatives from science, local government, planning, engineering and law. This makes it well-placed to advise the Minister and the Government in action on climate change adaptation, and ensure that work is done co-operatively in adapting to climate change.

About The Author

Warwick Bishop
Warwick is a Director of Water Technology and has over 20 years of experience in surface water management. He has led a wide variety of projects covering areas such as flood risk management, water quality, sediment transport, coastal hazard, WSUD and environmental flows. Warwick has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Engineering Science Degree from Monash University, investigating the detailed hydraulics of stormwater treatment wetlands. Warwick has experience throughout Australia in both rural and urban contexts. Since 2011 he has provided specialist input to the Flood Intelligence Unit of SES during both catchment and coastal flood emergencies. He is actively involved in Engineers Australia and is the current chair of the Victorian Water Engineering Branch Committee. Warwick has also contributed to the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, with a particular focus on the application of flood models in urban areas.

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