IMP Institute of Meteorology and Physics
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Environmental Meteorology Group

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Project: ALPTRAC-SNOWMET Eurotrac Logo

Staff: Petra Seibert, Helga Kromp-Kolb, Wolfgang Schöner

Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Vienna Technical University (A): H. Puxbaum, W. Winiwarter, A. Kasper, M. Kalina, W. Tscherwenka
Austrian Research Centre Seibersdorf (A): F. Pichlmayer
Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, University of Innsbruck (A): M. Kuhn and U. Nickus
Radio- and Environmental Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen (CH): H. Gäggeler, M. Schwikowski, U. Baltensperger and others
EURAD, University of Köln (D): A. Ebel, H. Jakobs, M. Memmesheimer, I. Ackermann and others

Summary: ALPTRAC-SNOWMET was the meteorological contribution to the EUROTRAC Subproject ALPTRAC and was conducted between 1990 and ~1996. ALPTRAC was concerned with the occurrence and deposition in the high Alps of aerosols and trace gases being responsible for the acid input. With respect to meteorology, source regions were determined by means of trajectories, and the mechanisms of transport of boundary layer air to the Alpine peaks were studied. These investigations are important for judging the representability of measurements at high-altitude stations. Foci of the investigations were the high- mountain observatories at Sonnblick (3106 m) and Jungfraujoch (3450 and 3576 m).

For a general overview of ALPTRAC, see the Final Report (published by Springer).

Schematic view of vertical exchange and venting into the free atmosphere of pollutants


Papers in reviewed journals:

Gäggeler H.W., D.T. Jost, U. Baltensperger, M. Schwikowski, and P. Seibert (1995):
Radon, Thoron, and 210Pb measurements with the epiphaniometer at Jungfraujoch. Atmos. Environ., 29, 607-616.

Schwikowski M., P. Seibert, U. Baltensperger, H.W. Gäggeler (1995):
A study of an outstanding Saharan dust event at the high-alpine site Jungfraujoch, Switzerland. Atmos. Environ., 29, 1829-1842.

Nickus, U., M. Kuhn, U. Baltensperger, R. Delmas, H. Gäggeler, A. Kasper, H. Kromp-Kolb, F. Maupetit, A. Novo, F. Pichlmayer, S. Preunkert, H. Puxbaum, G. Rossi, W. Schöner, M. Schwikowski, P. Seibert, M. Staudinger, V. Trockner, D. Wagenbach, W. Winiwarter (1997):
SNOSP: Ion deposition and concentration in high alpine snow packs. Tellus, 49B, 56-71.

Baltensperger U., H.W. G„ggeler, D.T. Jost, M. Lugauer, M. Schwikowski, P. Seibert (1997):
Aerosol climatology at the high-alpine site Jungfraujoch, Switzerland. J. Geophys. Res., 102 (D16), 19,707-19,715.

Seibert P., H. Kromp-Kolb, A. Kasper, M.Kalina, H. Puxbaum, D.T. Jost, M. Schwikowski (1998):
Transport of polluted boundary layer air from the Po Valley to high-Alpine sites. Atmos. Environ., 32(23), 3953-3965

Pichlmayer F., W. Schöner, P. Seibert, W. Stichler, D. Wagenbach (1998):
Stable isotope analysis for characterization of pollutants at high elevation alpine sites. Atmos. Environ., 32(23), 4075-4085.

Tscherwenka W., P. Seibert, H. Puxbaum (1998):
On-line measurements of sulfur dioxide at the 3 km level over Central Europe (Sonnblick Observatory, Austria) and statistical trajectory source analysis. Atmos. Environ., 32(23), 3941-3952.

Other publications:

Kromp-Kolb H., W. Schöner, P. Seibert (1993):
ALPTRAC Data Catalogue. EUROTRAC ISS Garmisch-Partenkirchen, May 1993, 137 pp.

Seibert P., H. Kromp-Kolb, A. Kasper, H. Puxbaum, U. Baltensperger, D.T. Jost, M. Schwikowski (1994):
Meteorological influences on air and snow pollution in the High Alps: results of the project ALPTRAC. Proc. Int. Conf. on Alpine Meteorology, Lindau, 5-9 Sept 1994, Ann. d. Meteorol., 30, 311-315.

Seibert P. and D.T. Jost (1994):
Investigation of potential source areas by statistical trajectory analysis of ALPTRAC aerosol measurements. EUROTRAC-Newsletter, No. 14 (Autumn 1994), 14-17.

Seibert P., H. Jakobs, H. Hass, M. Memmesheimer, I. Ackermann, M. Schwikowski, D.T. Jost, A. Kasper, M. Kalina, W. Winiwarter (1996):
A pollution event in the High Alps - Results from the joint EUMAC-ALPTRAC case study. In: P.M. Borrell, P. Borrell, K. Kelly and W. Seiler (eds.), Proceedings of EUROTRAC Symposium 1996 - Transport and Transformation of Pollutants in the Troposphere, Computational Mechanics Publications, Southampton, p. 251-255.

Tscherwenka W., A. Kasper, P. Seibert, H. Puxbaum (1996):
First results of sulfur dioxide measurements with a chemoluminescence monitor as a tool for monitoring SO2 at the Sonnblick mountain (3106 m a.s.l.). In: P.M. Borrell, P. Borrell, K. Kelly and W. Seiler (eds.), Proceedings of EUROTRAC Symposium 1996 - Transport and Transformation of Pollutants in the Troposphere, Computational Mechanics Publications, Southampton, p. 119-123.

Kromp-Kolb H., P. Seibert, W. Schöner (1996):
Meteorological support to ALPTRAC. Meteorological support study. In: S. Fuzzi and D. Wagenbach (eds.) Cloud Multi-phase Processes and High Alpine Air and Snow Chemistry. Heidelberg: Springer, p.262-270.

Pichlmayer F., P. Seibert (1997):
Stable isotope rations of sulfur, nitrogen and carbon in airborne pollutants as a tracer for the regional origin. Proc. Int. Symp. on Isotope Techniques in the Study of Past and Current Environmental Changes in the Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere. Vienna, 14-18 April 1997. IAEA-SM 349/34P, p. 186-188.

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