Dr David Wratt has been appointed as the Ministry for the Environment’s Departmental Science Advisor. Dr Wratt is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished scientists, with international standing and a 30-year career in climate and meteorology. His appointment recognises the Ministry’s strong science and evidence focus. He will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards for science within, and procured by, the Ministry and will provide advice on science directly to the Secretary for the Environment.
Dr Wratt will also have a role in supporting the development of cross-government science policy and research initiatives such as the National Science Challenges. He will be working with the government’s Departmental Science Advisor Network, convened by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, to ensure science effort across Natural Resource Sector agencies is aligned, efficient and fit for purpose.
Dr Wratt sits on the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is Emeritus Climate Scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), as well as Adjunct Professor at both Victoria University’s Climate Change Research Institute and Curtin University’s International Institute of Agri-Food Security.
Dr Wratt has been appointed to the role on a part-time, fixed term basis from 15 June 2015.