Independent Science Panel
The Independent Science Panel:
- Provides advice on knowledge gaps, science priorities and delivery associated with the overall implementation of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 (Reef Plan).
- Conducts scientific reviews of Reef Plan activities and initiatives, including annual and other reports, and makes specific recommendations about the direction, content and details of future activities.
- Provides timely independent scientific advice and review to ensure Reef Plan implementation, monitoring and reporting:
- is scientifically defensible and achievable
- is being undertaken in a scientifically credible and cost-effective manner
- has been designed, implemented and managed according to best scientific and environmental standards
- will utilise contemporary, fit-for-purpose methods of data collection, quality assurance and statistical methodologies
- has processes in place to effectively integrate the various Program activities (and where appropriate other related activities)
- will communicate the findings in a timely and appropriate manner to both technical and non-technical audiences.
- Provides advice on the possible inclusion of new and innovative methods to support monitoring and reporting activities.
The Independent Science Panel has a skills-based membership that may include up to seven members, including an independent chair, with expertise in the following areas:
- agronomic and landscape processes
- marine and freshwater biochemistry, ecology and modelling
- resource management, water quality and ecosystem health target-setting and monitoring
- information integration, synthesis, reporting and communication
- social and economic methodologies.
The Reef Plan Secretariat, based in the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, provides secretariat support.