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Inverse Modelling of Point Sources

Project Leader
Seibert Petra, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Canadian Meteorological Centre - Environment Canada , 2121 Trans-Canada Highway, H9P 1J3 Dorval, Quebec, Canada.
Contact person: Michel JEAN;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner

Further information:

BOKU Research Units
Institute of Meteorology and Climatology
Funded by
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, Minoritenplatz 5, A-1014 Wien, Austria
Content of the work is the development and testing of an inverse modelling scheme for point sources. The scheme uses measured concentrations (e.g., of radionuclides) from a sampling network to infer the location and strength of a point source of these substances. The application which is aimed at is primarily the localisation of nuclear tests in the context of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT; It could also be used in the case of other (nuclear) emergencies, such as reactor accidents or other accidental releases. A Lagrangian particle dispersion model will be used to infer source-receptor relationships. Based on these, the source fitting the observations best using these source-receptor relationships will be sought by suitable algorithms. The method will be tested on the ETEX and Algeciras releases, and in a hypothetical setting with the CTBT radionuclide monitoring network. The latter application will be a joint exercise with the Atmospheric Environment Service of Canada, the Provisional Technical Secretariat der CTBTO in Vienna, and various meteorological services around the world who co-operate with CTBTO.

meteorology; risk analysis; harmful substance emission; computer-aided simulation;
dispersion modelling; Inverse modelling;

Seibert, P (2001): Methods for source determination in the context of the CTBT radionuclide monitoring system.
[Informal Workshop on Meteorological Modelling in Support of CTBT Verification 2000, Vienna, Austria, 04.12.2000 - 06.12.2000]

In: Jean, M., Seibert, P. (Eds.): Informal Workshop on Meteorological Modelling in Support of CTBT Verification, Dec. 2000, Vienna, CDROM, Wien und Montreal FullText


Seibert, P. (2007): Atmosphärische Transportsimulation für die Verifikation von nuklearen Rüstungskontrollverträgen.

Kolloquium des Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Zentrum für Naturwissenschaft und Friedensforschung (ZNF) an der Universität Hamburg, 13.12.2007, Hamburg

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, P. (2001): Inverse Modellierung in der atmosphärischen Umweltforschung.

Berufungsverfahren zur Besetzung der Professur für Geophysik, Universität Graz

Seibert, P. (2000): Inverse Modelling of Atmospheric Trace Substances with Lagrangian Models..

Canadian Meteorological Center, Dorval, Canada, 12 Oct

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