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Dr Ashok Luhar is a Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Aspendale, where he started as a post-doctoral fellow in 1994 following another post-doctoral fellowship at NOAA, Oak Ridge (USA) and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK) in Environmental Fluid Dynamics.

Ashok is an expert in atmospheric flow and transport modelling, ranging from local to global scales and covering problems from air quality to climate. Over the last 30 years, he has addressed topics that include: fundamental contributions to the random-walk theory of turbulent dispersion and its applications, ozone dry deposition, global climate-chemistry in the Earth System model ACCESS, low wind meteorology and plume meander, regulatory air pollution dispersion modelling, atmospheric boundary- and surface-layer processes, air-sea exchange, flow and transport in complex terrain and sea breezes, urban landscape influences, local and regional inverse modelling using Bayesian approach for emission estimation for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Coal Seam Gas (CSG) applications, biomass burning and smoke plume transport, emission inventories, industrial air quality, and major applications and refinements of CSIRO’s commercial air pollution model TAPM.

Ashok has worked on funded collaborative work involving the above topics with government departments (e.g. Vic EPA, SA EPA, VicRoads, WA DWER, DEH, ACCSP DoE, CASA), energy research agencies and industry bodies (e.g. GISERA, ACARP, CO2CRC, Geoscience Australia), mining industry (WA Alcoa Alumina, Mt. Isa Mines), private environment consultants, and several international and Australian universities (including teaching and student supervision).

Ashok has published 65 refereed papers in scientific journals, written a number of book chapters, conference papers and client reports, and given invited presentations. Ashok’s total publication citations are 2305 with an h-index of 25 (Google Scholar). He has been on the editorial board of 5 international journals including “Atmospheric Environment” (Elsevier) and an Associate Editor of the “Journal of Air and Waste Management Association” (USA), and has served as a referee for more than 30 international journals. He also co-edited a book “Lagrangian Modeling of the Atmosphere” published by the American Geophysical Union.

Current Roles

  • Principal Research Scientist

  • Team Leader

Academic Qualifications

  • 1991

    University of Cambridge (U.K.)

  • 1986

    M.Tech. (Master of Technology)
    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

  • 1984

    M.Sc. (Physics)
    University of Rajasthan, India

  • 1982

    B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry)
    University of Rajasthan, India