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Inverse Modelling of Atmospheric Trace Constituents
(A contribution to the subprojects GLOREAM and GENEMIS-2 of EUROTRAC-2)

Staff: Petra Seibert, Helga Kromp-Kolb, Gerhard Wotawa, Andreas Frank

Andreas Stohl, Bioclimatology and Air Quality Research, Technical University of Munich
Arnold Neumaier, Mathematical Institute, University of Vienna
Michel Jean, Canadian Meteorological Centre (Emergency Response Division)
and others

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Seibert, P. (1997) Inverse dispersion modelling based on trajectory-derived source-receptor relationships. In: Gryning, S. E., Chaumerliac, N. (eds.): Air Pollution Modeling and its Application. Proc. of ITM Clermont-Ferrand. New York: Plenum Press, 711-713.

Seibert, P. (1999) Inverse Modelling of Sulfur Emissions in Europe Based on Trajectories. In: Prasad Kasibhatla, Martin Heimann, Peter Rayner, Natalie Mahowald, Ronald G. Prinn, and Dana E. Hartley (editors), Inverse Methods in Global Biogeochemical Cycles, AGU Geophysical Monograph Series, Vol. 114 (ISBN 0-87590-097-6), p. 147-154. Abstract
Introduction of our inversion method

Seibert, P. and A. Stohl (2000): Inverse modelling of the ETEX-1 release with a Lagrangian particle model. Proceedings of the Third GLOREAM Workshop, Ischia, Italy, September 1999. Download as postscript file or

Seibert P. (2001): Source Reconstruction for the ETEX-1 Tracer Release with a Lagrangian Dispersion Model. Proceedings of the EUROTRAC Symposium 2000, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, March 2000.

Seibert P. (2001): Inverse modelling with a Lagrangian particle dispersion model: application to point releases over limited time intervals. In: Gryning, S. E., Schiermeier, F.A. (eds.): Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XIV. Proc. of ITM Boulder. New York: Plenum Press, 381-389.
Inverse method applied to ETEX

Seibert, P., Frank, A. (2001): Backward Lagrangian Particle Modelling and Source-Receptor Matrices as a tool in Enviromental Meteorology. D-A-CH Meteorologen-Tagung, September 2001, Wien. pdf, 860 kB

Seibert, P., Frank, A., Kromp-Kolb, H. (2002): Inverse modelling of atmospheric trace substances on the regional scale with Lagrangian models. In: Midgley, P., Reuther, M. (Eds.), EUROTRAC Symposium 2002, 11-15 March 2002, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Transport and Chemical Transformation in the Troposphere. CDROM; Margraf Verlag, Weikersheim; ISBN 3-823-1385-5.
Good overview

Seibert P., Krüger B.C., and Frank A. (2002): Parametrisation of Convective Mixing in a Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model. Proceedings of the 5th GLOREAM Workshop, Wengen, Switzerland, September 24-26, 2001. View or download as pdf file

Seibert, Petra (2002): Options for source determination with the CTBT radionuclide network and outlook on uncertainty qualification. Radionuclide Technical Workshop: CTBTO - WMO: The Way Forward. Vienna, Austria, 17 October 2002.

Seibert, Petra and Andreas Frank (2003): Forward and backward mode of the LPDM Flexpart, GLOREAM Workshop 2003. (pdf.gz)

Seibert P. and Frank A. (2004): Source-receptor matrix calculation with a Lagrangian particle dispersion model in backward mode. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 4, 51-63. Link to paper (abstract in html, paper in pdf, link to ACPD discussion)
Detailed theory and explanation of the source-receptor matrix calculation with the LPDM FLEXPART

S. Eckhardt, A. J. Prata, P. Seibert, K. Stebel, and A. Stohl (2008): Estimation of the vertical profile of sulfur dioxide injection into the atmosphere by a volcanic eruption using satellite column measurements and inverse transport modeling. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 3881-3897, Link to paper and discussion
Application of inversion method to volcanic SO2 emissions including a-priori and uncertainties


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