B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Physics, Monash University, Melbourne (1981).
Diploma in Education (Mathematics and Physics), Monash University (1983).
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Mathematics (first class), Department of Mathematics, Monash University (1985).
Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. School of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Sydney (1990).
Scott is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and an Honorary Professor in the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. He was a Coordinating Lead Author of the Fifth IPCC WGI report and an author of the Fifth IPCC WGI-III Synthesis Report that informed the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. Scott has published extensively in the international scientific literature on Pacific climate, climate change, El Niño, decade-to-decade climate variability and long-term changes in severe weather. He is a member of the World Climate Research Program’s Task Team for the Decadal Climate Prediction Grand Challenge, the American Meteorological Society’s Committee for Southern Hemisphere Oceanography and Meteorology and the CLIVAR Decadal Climate Variability and Predictability Research Focus Group. He is the former head of Climate Research and operational climate monitoring and prediction in the Bureau, the former International Development Manager in the Bureau, and the acting head of Australia’s National Climate Centre. He previously coordinated the Bureau's participation in the Australian Climate Change Science Program, he led the development of a project to enhance climate prediction services in numerous Pacific Island countries, and he co-led a program on Pacific climate change science that assisted 14 vulnerable countries in the Pacific and Timor-Leste adapt to climate change.