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In 2001, I completed my Ph.D. in Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA. During my thesis work, I developed the world’s first continuous, high precision atmospheric O2 analyser and installed it at the remote monitoring site, Baring Head, New Zealand, where it has continued to collect data uninterrupted since 1999. Atmospheric O2 measurements (together with concurrent CO2 measurements) are a relatively new and powerful tool for studying the global (and regional) carbon cycle. For example, we are able to partition and quantify the uptake of fossil fuel CO2 emissions by the oceans and land biosphere, and we are able to monitor changes in the Southern Ocean carbon sink. From 2001-2005, I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany, where I was the leader of the “Tall Towers Group”. Here I expanded my work to monitor other greenhouse and greenhouse-related gases such as CH4, CO, N2O, and SF6. We set up multi-species, continuous, automated measurements from very high (up to 300 m) towers in Siberia, Poland, and Germany. Tall tower measurements are a relatively new approach to study regional, terrestrial carbon cycles in continental interiors.
I moved to ENV in 2006 and established the “Carbon Related Atmospheric Measurements” (CRAM) Laboratory as part of LGMAC. With this laboratory, I will bring atmospheric O2 measurement capability to the UK, as well as an additional suite of gases: CO2, CH4, CO, N2 and SF6. I am interested in using these measurements to further our understanding of both the terrestrial and oceanic carbon cycles on regional and global scales. I am currently a P.I. in the EU “CarboEurope” (Assessment of the European Terrestrial Carbon Balance, 2004-8) and “CarboOcean” (Marine carbon sources and sinks assessment, 2005-9) projects. Since 2003, I have been leading an international atmospheric O2 intercomparison programme (GOLLUM), which brings together the 12 international atmospheric O2 laboratories from around the world in an effort to link our various measurement programmes.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Biogeochemical applications of atmospheric O2 and CO2 measurements as they pertain to the reservoirs of the land biosphere, oceans, and atmosphere; instrument development of land and ocean observing systems for all carbon cycle-related atmospheric gases; use of atmospheric data in regional and global biogeochemical, ocean-atmosphere, and land-atmosphere modelling efforts.
- Kozlova, E.A., A.C. Manning, Y. Kisilyakhov, T. Seifert, and M. Heimann (2008) Seasonal, synoptic, and diurnal scale variability of biogeochemical trace gases and O2 from a 300 m tall tower in central Siberia,Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi:10.1029/2008GB003209.
- Ciais, P., A.C. Manning, M. Reichstein, S. Zaehle and L. Bopp, (2007). Nitrification amplifies the decreasing trends of atmospheric oxygen, Global Biogeochemical Cycles 21(2), GB2030. DOI: 10.1029/2006GB002799
- Keeling, R.F., A.C. Manning, W.J. Paplawsky, and A.C. Cox (2007) On the long-term stability of reference gases for atmospheric O2/N2 measurements, Tellus Series B-Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 59 (1), 3-14, doi:10.1111/j.1600-0889.2006.00228.x.
- Manning, A.C., and R. F. Keeling, (2006) Global oceanic and land biotic carbon sinks from the Scripps atmospheric oxygen flask sampling network, Tellus-B, 58B, 95-116, doi:10.1111/j.1600-0889.2006.00175.x
- Bopp, L., C. Le Quéré, M. Heimann, A.C. Manning, and P. Monfray, (2002). Climate-induced oceanic oxygen fluxes: Implications for the contemporary carbon budget, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 16 (2),doi:10.1029/2001GB001445
- Manning, A.C., R.F. Keeling, and J.P. Severinghaus, (1999) Precise atmospheric oxygen measurements with a paramagnetic oxygen analyzer, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 13 (4), 1107-1115,doi:10.1029/1999GB900054
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I serve or have served on the following committees at UEA:
- ENV Health and Safety Committee (2010-present); including Radiation Protection Officer (2010-2014)
- ENV Equality and Diversity Athena SWAN Committee (2015-present)
- ENV Marketing and Communications Committee (2015-present)
- UEA Senate Student Discipline Committee (2016-2019)
- UEA Senate (2008-2010)
- ENV Research Executive (2007-2010)
I teach on the following modules:
- ENV-6008A: The Carbon Cycle and Climate Change (module organiser)
- ENV-7031A: Geoengineering the Climate: Science and Policy
- ENV-6020B: Modern Methods in Air Pollution Science
- ENV-4007/8B: Physical and Chemical Processes in the Earth System
- ENV-4001A: Global Environmental Challenges
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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13/02/19 → 12/02/23
Southern OceaN optimal Approach To Assess the carbon state, variability and climatic drivers (SONATA)
1/07/17 → 31/03/22
Quantifying the UK's carbon dioxide flux: An atmospheric inverse modelling approach using a regional measurement networkWhite, E. D., Rigby, M., Lunt, M. F., Luke Smallman, T., Comyn-Platt, E., Manning, A. J., Ganesan, A. L., O'Doherty, S., Stavert, A. R., Stanley, K., Williams, M., Levy, P., Ramonet, M., Forster, G. L., Manning, A. C. & Palmer, P. I., 4 Apr 2019, In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 19, 7, p. 4345-4365 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile9 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)
Very Strong Atmospheric Methane Growth in the 4 Years 2014–2017: Implications for the Paris AgreementNisbet, E. G., Manning, M. R., Dlugokencky, E. J., Fisher, R. E., Lowry, D., Michel, S. E., Myhre, C. L., Platt, S. M., Allen, G., Bousquet, P., Brownlow, R., Cain, M., France, J. L., Hermansen, O., Hossaini, R., Jones, A. E., Levin, I., Manning, A. C., Myhre, G., Pyle, J. A. & 3 others, , Mar 2019, In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 33, 3, p. 318-342 25 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile157 Citations (Scopus)23 Downloads (Pure)
Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Pongratz, J., Manning, A. C., Korsbakken, J. I., Peters, G. P., Canadell, J. G., Jackson, R. B., Boden, T. A., Tans, P. P., Andrews, O. D., Arora, V. K., Bakker, D. C. E., Barbero, L., Becker, M., Betts, R. A., Bopp, L., Chevallier, F. & 57 others, , 12 Mar 2018, In: Earth System Science Data. 10, 1, p. 405-448
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile567 Citations (Scopus)15 Downloads (Pure)
In situ measurements of atmospheric O2 and CO2 reveal an unexpected O2 signal over the tropical Atlantic OceanPickers, P. A., Manning, A. C., Sturges, W. T., Le Quéré, C., Mikaloff Fletcher, S. E., Wilson, P. A. & Etchells, A. J., Aug 2017, In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 31, 8, p. 1289–1305 17 p.
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Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Sitch, S., Ivar Korsbakken, J., Peters, G. P., Manning, A. C., Boden, T. A., Tans, P. P., Houghton, R. A., Keeling, R. F., Alin, S., Andrews, O. D., Anthoni, P., Barbero, L., Bopp, L., Chevallier, F., Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Currie, K. & 47 others, , 14 Nov 2016, In: Earth System Science Data. 8, 2, p. 605-649 45 p.
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