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Peter Manins

1970 Peter Charles MANINS: ME
After graduation (Bryan Roberts supervisor) I went to the UK on a Commonwealth Scholarship and in 1973 completed a PhD in physical oceanography under Professor J Stewart Turner at DAMTP, Cambridge. CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Physics in Melbourne later offered me a job. I researched local winds, then air pollution problems for 12 years. In 1985 I left to head the large Latrobe Valley Airshed Study for the State Electricity Commission Victoria and the Environment Protection Authority of Victoria. I received a 'Pursuit of Excellence' award for the work. I returned to CSIRO and in 1989 set up the Environmental Consulting and Research Unit to undertake advanced air pollution assessment consultancies for industry and the community. My team won a 1992 CSIRO Medal for the work developing and using LADM [superseded 1998; see TAPM], a sophisticated numerical air pollution modelling system. Only 1 of our 3 children are at home. I am married to Jannette, a piano teacher.

from PNR Periodical 17, July 1995 p20
University of Sydney . Faculty of Engineering

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CSIRO bio

Dr Peter Manins: examining our Living Atmosphere

Dr Peter Manins leads research on our Living Atmosphere, including air pollution, monitoring greenhouse gases, land and air exchanges, and earth observation.

3 February 2006


Current Activities

Dr Peter Manins is Theme Leader of the Living Atmosphere program of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.
He oversees research on:

  • air pollution
  • greenhouse gases
  • land and atmosphere exchanges
  • earth observation.

Based in Aspendale, Victoria, Dr Manins has internationally-recognised expertise in air pollution meteorology and modelling. He is also an expert advisor and peer reviewer to several public infrastructure projects and major industrial developments.

Background

Dr Manins joined CSIRO in 1973, researching nocturnal winds and other aspects of air pollution meteorology. In the 1980s he led the major Latrobe Valley Airshed Study, and worked as an international advisor for the:

  • World Health Organisation
  • UK Science Council
  • World Meteorological Organisation.

Dr Manins started an air pollution assessment consultancy in 1989, based on advanced air pollution modelling, and led CSIRO's air pollution program from the mid 1990s.
Prior to the merger with CSIRO Marine Research in 2005, Dr Manins was Deputy Chief of CSIRO Atmospheric Research.

Academic qualifications

Dr Manins holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (with high distinctions in Applied Maths and Computer Science), University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1968
  • Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours and University Medal, Mechanical Engineering), University of Sydney, 1970
  • PhD (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics), Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1973.

Achievements

Dr Manins is accredited as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (American Meteorological Society) and a Qualified Environmental Professional (Air and Waste Management Association).
He holds Fellowships with the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (FAirQual), and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), and in 1998 was made Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering for 'Management innovation and outstanding application of science to practical problems in air quality assessment and planning'.
Dr Manins' work has also been recognised with the following awards:

  • Centenary Medal for service to Australian Society in Meteorology, 2003
  • CSIRO Chairman's Medal for Team Leader: Environmental Impacts Component in the Low Emissions Vehicle Team for development of two hybrid petrol-electric vehicles, 2000
  • Public Service Medal 'For outstanding public service in leadership and commitment to the development of practical applications of strategic research in air pollution and meteorology for use in air quality assessment and planning', 1997
  • CSIRO Medal for Team Leader: Air Pollution Meteorology Team, 1992.

from CSIRO Web site

Articles

A list of journal papers, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, and reports

is on this Web page.

One paper of predictions for 2025 is available here.

Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal was awarded to Peter Manins 'For outstanding public service in leadership and commitment to the development of practical applications of strategic research in air pollution and meteorology for use in air quality assessment and planning', 1997.

Centenary Medal

The Centenary Medal was awarded to Peter Manins 'For service to Australian Society in Meteorology', 2003.

Clean Air Medal

Peter Manins wins Clean Air Medal
Dr Peter Manins PSM FTSE, of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Melbourne, has won the Clean Air Medal, the premier award of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ).

Last awarded in 2002, the medal has only been presented 14 times in CASANZ's 40-year history.

Dr Manins, a chief research scientist at CSIRO, with internationally recognised expertise in air pollution meteorology and modelling, received the award for distinction in the atmospheric sciences, at a dinner at the World Clean Air Congress August 2007 in Brisbane.

In making the presentation, CASANZ President Dr Gerda Kuschel said: "Dr Manins is an extremely deserving recipient who has devoted his career to the science of air quality and environmental protection."

Dr Manins has been an expert adviser on several public infrastructure projects and major industrial developments, including Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel. He also led the major Latrobe Valley Airshed Study in the 1980s and has worked as an international adviser for the World Health Organization, the UK Science Council and the World Meteorological Organization. Dr Manins founded CSIRO's Environmental Consulting Research Unit in 1989 based on advanced air-pollution modelling and led CSIRO's air pollution program from the mid-1990s.

from ATSE FOCUS Number 147, p32 December 2007

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Dr Peter Manins (BSc BE PhD PSM FTSE CCM QEP FAirQual FAICD)

CSIRO scientist wins prestigious 'Clean Air Medal'

The premier award of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) – the 'Clean Air Medal' – has been awarded to Dr Peter Manins of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Melbourne.

13 September 2007

Last awarded in 2002, the Medal has only been presented 14 times in the Society's 40-year history.

Dr Manins received the award for: "Distinction in the atmospheric sciences", at a dinner at the World Clean Air Congress in Brisbane last night.

In making the presentation, CASANZ President Dr Gerda Kuschel said: "Dr Manins is an extremely deserving recipient who has devoted his career to the science of air quality and environmental protection."

Dr Manins is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO, with internationally recognised expertise in air pollution meteorology and modelling. He has been an expert advisor on several public infrastructure projects and major industrial developments, including Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel.

He also led the major Latrobe Valley Airshed Study in the 1980s and has worked as an international advisor for the World Health Organisation, the UK Science Council and the World Meteorological Organisation.

Dr Manins founded CSIRO's Environmental Consulting Research Unit in 1989 – based on advanced air pollution modelling – and led CSIRO's air pollution program from the mid-1990s.

"He has been a leader in the development of Australian air-quality science for over 30 years and has been instrumental in many significant research developments, as well as a mentor to numerous young scientists," Dr Kuschel said.

She said the World Clean Air Congress in Brisbane was a significant event for Australia and the Society. The rights to host the conference were won by CASANZ from the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Associations (IUAPPA) – a body with 37 member countries and 60,000 members. Only held every three years, it is one of the major forums for international air-quality scientists to meet and discuss their progress. This year the conference is being attended by over 400 delegates from 15 countries.

from CSIRO Web Site Ref:07/178

School Reunion Bio

Dr Peter Manins, PSM, FTSE

I always was a bit of a swot. At Sydney Technical Boys High School and thereafter. Not that that has stopped me marrying Jannette and raising three lovely children who in turn are between them raising three (so far) children.

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This is what has happened to me since 1964 when I left school:

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

I hold the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (with high distinctions in Applied Maths and Computer Science), University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1968
  • Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours and University Medal, Mechanical Engineering), University of Sydney, 1970
  • PhD (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics), Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1973, done with a Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan award.

EMPLOYMENT

I joined CSIRO in 1973 in Melbourne, researching nocturnal winds and other aspects of air pollution meteorology. In the 1980s I led the major Latrobe Valley Airshed Study, and worked as an international advisor for the World Health Organisation, UK Science Council, and World Meteorological Organisation.

I started an air pollution assessment consultancy in 1989, based on advanced air pollution modelling, and led CSIRO's air pollution program from the mid 1990s, so that by 2003 I was Deputy Chief of CSIRO Atmospheric Research.

With the merger of CSIRO Atmospheric Research with CSIRO Marine Research I became a research program leader of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, overseeing research on air pollution, greenhouse gases, land and atmosphere exchanges, and earth observation.

I retired on 15 August 2008, but have returned to CSIRO as a part-time honorary Fellow.

ACHIEVEMENTS

I have a swag of awards and accreditations, including Certified Consulting Meteorologist (American Meteorological Society) and a Qualified Environmental Professional (Air and Waste Management Association). I hold Fellowships with the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (FAirQual), and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), and in 1998 was made Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering for 'Management innovation and outstanding application of science to practical problems in air quality assessment and planning'.

My work has also been recognised with the following awards:

  • Clean Air Medal for contributions to the science of air quality and environmental protection, 2007
  • Centenary Medal for service to Australian Society in Meteorology, 2003
  • Public Service Medal 'For outstanding public service in leadership and commitment to the development of practical applications of strategic research in air pollution and meteorology for use in air quality assessment and planning', 1997

from STHS Year 5 1964 reunion booklet September 2008