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Milton is an independent consultant to industry as a meteorologist with more than 20 years research experience, including applied mesoscale modelling, and extensive experience before that as an operational weather forecaster with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. His research interests cover a variety of fields in weather and climate, particularly focusing on southeast Australia and include severe weather and air quality modelling, mesoscale and synoptic scale meteorology, extratropical climate, and climate variability and change. He collaborates with atmospheric groups at universities and government institutions in Australia, the USA, Korea and China.

Educational Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Management 2000 (University of New England)

PhD (Meteorology/Maths)1998 (The University of New South Wales)

Graduate Diploma in Meteorology 1977-78 (Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre)

BSc 1974 (The University of New South Wales)

Research Interests

Applied mesoscale meteorological modelling including the following phenomena:-  

Severe storms;

East coast lows;

Air quality phenomena;

Extratropical climate variability and change

Synoptic and mesoscale meteorology

Media-Clippings

12 May 2013     10 March 2012    27 Sept. 2008

 Active Projects

Murrumbidgee river heights November 1873 – June 2017

Data portal:-   https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1184869                              

Conceptual models of severe flash flood producing rain in eastern Australia.

Changes in dust storm occurrence over central eastern Australia.

Changes in eastern Australian rainfall extremes and the atmospheric circulation of the southern hemisphere

   Awards

  Australian Academy of Science Visiting Scientist Award 2008 to Co-operative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

   Bureau of Meteorology Fire Weather Forecasting Excellence Award for the Bureau’s response to the January 2003 fires of southeastern Australia

  US National Research Associateship Award 2002 (awarded to perform research at the National Severe Storms Laboratory), August – December 2002.

   The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s Christopher Taylor Award, 1996 (awarded for meteorological research and   investigation)

 Committees/Invitations (since 2000) 

  Convenor, Session:- Changes in atmospheric circulation and Southern Hemisphere regional climate, AMOS-ICSHMO 2018, 5-9 February 2018 UNSW, Sydney, Australia

  Convenor, Air Quality and Monitoring Session, Asia-Oceania Geosciences Annual Meeting, 31 July-5 August 2016, Beijing, China 

  Convenor, Air Quality Modelling and Monitoring, Asia-Oceania Geosciences Annual Meeting, 2-7 August 2015, Singapore

  Independent Hub assessment panel member for National Environmental Scientific Programme (NESP), November 2014

  Co-Chair, 2014 International Conference on Environmental Disaster Management and Prediction, 18-20 August, Gangneung, Korea

  Australian Meteorological and Oceanographical Society awards committee member 2013 -

Fellow, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society from 2013

  Invited scientific expert for the NSW Environmental Defender’s Office from 2008.

  Associate Editor, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal from 2007.

  Invited Visiting Professor to Atmospheric Sciences Department, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung, Republic of Korea, 6-10 November, 2006.

  Secretary, Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society (Atmosphere Section), 2005-2009

  Editorial Board, Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society (Atmosphere Section), 2005-2009

  Chair, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Sydney Centre 2000-2001

AFFILIATED  PUBLICATIONS

Speer, M.S. 2018. Digitization of weekly Murrumbidgee river heights at Hay south eastern Australia 1873-2017. Geoscience Data Journal 29 October 2018

https://doi.org/10.1002/gdj3.54

Speer, M.S. 2014. Conceptual Models of Severe Flash Flood Producing Rain in Two Distinct NSW Locations. CAWCR Research Letters, 11, October 2014. PDF

Speer, M.S. 2013. Dust storm frequency and impact over eastern Australia determined by state of Pacific climate system. Weather & Climate Extremes open access online 22 October 2013: - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212094713000248 PDF

Speer, M.S., Phillips, J., Hanstrum, B.N. 2011. Meteorological aspects of the 31 March 2009 Coffs Harbour Flash Flood. Aust. Meteorol.& Oceanographic J., 61, 201-210.  PDF

Speer, M.S.  2011: Large-scale influences on NSW coastal rainfall from the mid-twentieth century, Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 24, No.2 April, 46-47.  PDF

Speer, M.S., Leslie, L.M., Fierro, A. 2010. Australian east coast rainfall decline related to large scale climate drivers. Clim. Dyn., DOI 10.1007/s00382-009-0726-1   PDF

Lamb, P.J., Leslie, L.M, Timmer, R., Speer, M.S.  2009. Multidecadal Variability of Eastern Australian Dust and Northern New Zealand Sunshine: Associations with Pacific Climate System. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, Vol. 114, D09106, doi:10.1029/2008JD011184.

Speer, M.S., Wiles, P. and A. Pepler. 2009.  Low pressure systems off the New South Wales coast and associated hazardous weather: establishment of a database. Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal, 58,  29-39. PDF-lowres[0.8MB]; PDF-highres[8MB]

Speer, M.S. 2008. On the Late Twentieth Century Decrease in Australian east coast Rainfall Extremes. Atmos. Sci. Lett., 9, 160-170. PDF

Choi, H. and Speer, M.S. 2007. Influence of secondary chemical processes of gases on PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations over the Korean coast, Advances in Geosciences, Vol.9: Solid Earth., Ocean Sciences & Atmospheric Science, World Scientific Publishing.

Choi, H. and Speer, M.S. 2006 The influence of synoptic-mesoscale winds and sea surface temperature distribution on fog formation near the Korean western peninsula, Meteorol. Appl., 13, 347-360.

Leslie, L.M. and Speer, M.S. 2006 Modelling dust transport over central eastern Australia, Meteorol. Appl., 13,  141-161.

Speer, M.S. and Leslie, L.M. Local to long-range dust transport over central eastern Australia, Advances in Geosciences 2006: Vol. 5 (Oceans and Atmospheres), World Scientific Press, Singapore, pp.134.

Choi, H., and M.S. Speer 2006: Effects of atmospheric circulation and boundary layer structure on the dispersion of suspended particulates in the Seoul metropolitan area, Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 92, 239-254.

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Other Publications since 1997

M.Speer 2014: The highs and lows of the Murrumbidgee river at Hay – 1873 to 1910, Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, June, 2014

L. Qi., Leslie, L.M. and M.S.Speer 2006: Climatology of cyclones over the southwest Pacific: 1992-2001, Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 91 (1-4), 201-209.

Schuster, S.S, Blong, R.J. and M.S.Speer 2005: A Hail Climatology of the Greater Sydney Area and New South Wales, Int. J. Climatol., 25, 1633-1650.

Speer, M.S., Leslie, L.M., Lixin Qi and B.W. Buckley 2004: Urban scale modelling: The Sydney hailstorm of 14 April 1999, Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 87 (1-3), 161-166.

Leslie, L.M. and M.S. Speer 2004: Preliminary modelling results of an urban air quality model verifying the prediction of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone over the Sydney basin, Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 87, (1-3), 89-92.

Leslie, L.M., P. Kastner-Klein, M.S. Speer and Lixin Qi 2004: Editorial Special Issue on Air Pollution,  Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 87, 1.

Speer, M.S. and L.M. Leslie 2004: Preliminary testing of an urban air quality model for ozone forecasting over the Sydney basin, Journal of the Environmental Sciences (Korea), Vol. 13, No. 8, 733-737.

Liu, S, Leslie, L.M., Speer, M.S., Bunker, R. and Xingguo Mo: The effects of bushfires on hydrological processes using a paired-catchment analysis Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 86, Nos.1-2(April 2004), pp. 31-44.

Leslie, L.M. and M.S. Speer 2003: Comment Modelling a coastal ridging event over south-eastern Australia by C.J.C. Reason and P.L. Jackson. (Meteorol. Appl. 9, 2002, 383-397), Meteorol. Appl. 10, pp. 293-294.

Leslie, L.M. and M.S. Speer. 2003: Prediction of Extreme Rainfall for the Coffs Harbour Catchment Aust. Meteor. Mag., 52, 95-100.

Buckley, B.W., Leslie, L.M. and M.S. Speer 2003. The Impact of Observational Technology on Climate Database Quality: Tropical Cyclones in the Tasman Sea. J. Climate, 16, 2640-2645.

Speer, M.S., Leslie, L.M. and L.Qi. 2003: Numerical Prediction of Severe Convection: comparison with operational forecasts. Meteorol. Appl., 10, 11-19.

Speer, M.S., and L.M. Leslie. 2002: The Prediction of Two Cases of Severe  Convection:  Implications for Forecast Guidance. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 80, 14, 165-175.

Leslie, L.M., Abbey, R.F. Jr., Speer, M.S. and T.C.L. Skinner. 2002: Intense Tropical Cyclogenesis in the Northwest Australia Region in 1998/1999: Causal Factors. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 80, 14, 89-101.

 Morison, R.P., Leslie, L.M., Speer, M.S. and Lixin Qi. 2002: Atmospheric Modelling of Air Pollution as a Tool for Environmental Prediction and Management. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 80, 14, 141-151.

Leslie, L.M., and M.S. Speer. 2001: Comments on “Statistical Single-Station Short-Term Forecasting of temperature and Probability of Precipitation: Area Interpolation and NWP Combination” by C.C. Raible, G. Bischoff, K. Fraedrich and E. Kirk. Wea. Forecasting, 16, 765-767.

Speer, M.S., Leslie, L.M., Morison, R., Catchpole, W., Bradstock, R. and R. Bunker. 2001: Modelling Fire Spread Rates for the Sydney January 1994 fires. Aust. Met. Mag., 50, 241-246.

Leslie, L.M, Lixin Qi, Morison, R, and Speer, M. 2000. High Resolution Numerical Modelling in Environmental Prediction. Proceedings of the Australia-Taiwan Joint Symposium on Environmental Modelling and Management held at Tunhai University, Taichung, Taiwan, 28-29 June, 2000.

Leslie, L.M., Lixin Qi, Morison, R, and Speer, M. 2000. High Resolution Air Pollution Modelling as a Tool for Air Quality Management. Proceedings of the Australia-Taiwan Joint Symposium on Environmental Modelling and Management held at Tunhai University, Taichung, Taiwan, 28-29 June, 2000.

Batt, K.L, Morison, R.P and M.S. Speer. 2000. Direct verification of forecasts from a very high resolution Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys. 74, 117-127.

 Leslie, L.M. and M.S. Speer 2000. Comments on “Using Ensembles for Short-Range Forecasting” Mon. Wea. Rev. 128, 3018-3020.

Speer, M.S. and L.M. Leslie 2000. Mesoscale Model Forecasting as a Tool for Air Pollution Management: A Case Study of Sustained Air Pollution over the Greater Sydney Area. Meteorol. Appl. 7, 177-186.

Speer, M.S. and L.M. Leslie, 2000. Flood Rain Events on the New South Wales North Coast: Comparison of Events Affecting Coffs Harbour and Case Study. International Journal of Climatology, 20, 543-563.

Leslie, L.M. and M.S.Speer, 1998. Reply to Comments on Short Range Ensemble Forecasting of Explosive Australian East Coast Cyclogenesis by Thomas M. Hamill. Weather and Forecasting, 13, No. 4, 1208-1209.

Leslie, L.M. and M.S. Speer, 1998. Short Range Ensemble Forecasting of Explosive Australian East Coast Cyclogenesis. Weather and Forecasting, 13, No. 3, 552-562.

Speer, M.S. and L.M.Leslie, 1998. Numerical Simulation of Two Heavy Rainfall Events Over Coastal Southeastern Australia. Meteorol. Appl. 5, No.3, 1-15.

Leslie, L.M. and M.S.Speer, 1998. Atmospheric Particulate Transport Modelling in a Controlled Burn Event. Meteorol. Appl. 5, No.1, 17-24.

Speer,M.S. and L.M. Leslie, 1997. A Climatology of Coastal Ridging over Southeastern Australia. International Journal of Climatology, 17, 831-845.

Speer, M.S. and L.M. Leslie, 1997.  An example of the utility of ensemble rainfall forecasting. Aust. Met. Mag., 46, 75-78.

 Book chapters

Lance M. Leslie, Russel P. Morison, Milton S. Speer, Lixin Qi. Atmospheric Modelling and Prediction. In ‘Environmental Modelling and Prediction’ Editors, Gongbing Peng, Lance M. Leslie and Yaping Shao. Springer-Verlag, 2001.

 Edited journals

Co-Editor, Climate: Special Issue ,  October 2018: Ocean's Role in Continental and Coastal Climate Variability and Change (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/climate/special_issues)

Co-editor, Advances in Geosciences 2006: Vol. V (Oceans and Atmospheres), World Scientific Press, Singapore.

Editor, Special Issue on Environment Symposium, Korean Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2004: Vol. 13, No. 8, (English version)

Co-editor Special Edition of Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics on air quality. Meteor. Atmos. Phys., 87 (Issue 1-3), (September 2004).

Co-editor Special Edition of Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics on surface-atmosphere interactions: Meteorol Atmos Phys 80 (2002) Issue14.

 Theses

Speer, M.S. (awarded April 1998). Observational and modelling studies of Australian severe weather. PhD (UNSW).