Albert Van Dijk established and leads the Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics at the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Professor Van Dijk is an expert on the interaction between climate, water and ecosystems in the landscape, including its role in drought impacts, bushfire risk and the carbon cycle. His team annually reports on the condition of Australia’s Environment. He regularly responds to media requests.

Fields of expertise



‘Climate rollercoaster’: strong weather fluctuations rocked Australia in 2023

2023 was a “year of opposites” for Australia’s environment, but despite conditions fluctuating between wet and dry, overall…


Record heat in 2023 worsened global droughts, floods and wildfires

Record heat across the world profoundly impacted the global water cycle in 2023, contributing to severe storms, floods,…


2022 was a good year for nature in Australia – but three nasty problems remain

A new report card on Australia’s environment reveals 2022 was a bumper year for our rivers and vegetation – but…


La Niña provides a boost for Australia’s environment, but report card still mixed

Last year was a “bumper” one for Australia’s environment on the back of significant rainfall, but climate change,…


New report shows alarming changes in the entire global water cycle

In 2022, a third La Niña year brought much rain to Australia and Southeast Asia and dry conditions…


Australia’s environment rebounds after record heat and fire, but challenges remain

Lower temperatures and good rainfall, in part due to La Niña, have helped Australia’s environment strongly recover following…


A new hope for the environment after Black Summer fires

A new report on Australia’s environment has found the country’s landscapes and waterways are making a slow recovery from one of the grimmest periods on record.  The latest Australia’s Environment Report found…

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