Power play protects CSIRO funding and reputation


Aron Gingis admits he’s stubborn. "Look at my big bull head," he says, laughing. But the tale he tells of underhand tricks, power plays and public hectoring to protect scientific reputations and funding within CSIRO is no laughing matter. Gingis, a environmental engineer working in water resources, climate and atmosphere, alleges that leading Melbourne-based scientists at CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology have worked together to deprive drought-plagued Australia of the latest rain-making technology, reported The Australian, 3/7/2006, p. 10

CSIRO self-interested: Gingis said the scientific establishment has misled government officials and policy makers about cloud-seeding science, disrupted scientific and public meetings amid scuttled efforts to establish collaborative trials of new cloud-seeding technology.

Seriously embarrassing themselves: Observers claim this was done to protect funding, reputations and scientific ownership of a field CSIRO no longer even studies, that of hands-on weather modification technology such as cloud seeding. "They’re at great risk of seriously embarrassing themselves," says lan Searle of the scientists Gingis identifies as his opponents: CSIRO’s division of marine and atmospheric research chief Greg Ayers, and Michael Manton, retired head of the BOM research centre and a former CSIRO scientist.

The Australian, 3/7/2006, p. 10

Source: Erisk Net  

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