Scott is the Director of the Centre for Applied Climate Sciences at USQ, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University, an associate investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, a climate science advisor to the DFAT-funded Australia Pacific Climate Partnership, and a member of Australia's Marine National Facility Research Advisory Committee. Scott also manages a consultancy called Climate Services International. Scott was previously a Senior Principal Research Scientist and an International Development Officer in the Bureau of Meteorology, and an author of the IPCC WGI report and the IPCC WGI-III Synthesis Report that informed the Paris Agreement. Scott has a passion for helping students, industry, government agencies and the general public better understand and use climate science, and for international development. He has published extensively in the international scientific literature on, e.g., climate change and climate variability, Pacific and Australian climate, El Niño, climate variability and predictability, historical changes in severe weather, and applied climate science. He is the former head of climate research and operational climate monitoring and prediction services in the Bureau, the former International Development Manager in the Bureau, the former acting head of Australia’s National Climate Centre, and the climate science advisor to the Australian Climate Change Authority. 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 and to establish climate change services. More recently he was the Bureau lead on the development of the National Environmental Science Program's Earth System and Climate Change Hub, and he led the development of, and now manages, a DFAT-funded project to increase community benefits from Early Warning Systems.
Innovation and Research Award, Pacific Meteorological Council, 2019; Honorary Professor, University of Queensland, 2016-2019; Bureau Excellence Award 2016.