Among the various research activities within the ZAMG, the Department of Environmental Meteorology at the ZAMG is involved in atmospheric boundary-layer research as well as in the improvement of local to large-scale atmospheric transport models for air quality forecasts, air pollution modelling and the simulation of accidental releases into the atmosphere.
To maintain a high standard of science and research, members of the Department of Environmental Meteorology participate in national and international co-operations and conferences and publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals.
The ZAMG is a Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) of the WMO for atmospheric backtracking supporting the verification of potential source regions of nuclear activities. Furthermore, the ZAMG assists the Austrian National Crisis Management with dispersion forecasts in case of nuclear accidents, volcanic ash emissions or forest fires.
The main research activities of the Department of Environmental Meteorology are as follows:
- Development of the atmospheric composition based on long-term air pollution measurements at Sonnblick, the world's-oldest mountain observatory in the frame of the Global Atmosphere Watch Programme (GAW)
- Our department currently participates in this EU-COST Action:
- ES 1303 (Operational ground-based profiling to improve weather forecasts)
- Air quality forecasts with the ECMWF/WRFchem modelling system including assimilation of satellite data
- Odour dispersion in collaboration with the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (www.geruch.at) (german only!)
- Boundary-layer research with ground-based remote sensing devices like Sodar/RASS systems and ceilometers
Head of Department, general environmental requests: Dr. Martin Piringer
Accidential Releases: Dr. Kathrin Baumann-Stanzer
Air Quality Analysis and Dispersion Modelling: Mag. Gabriele Rau
Air Quality Forecasts: Mag. Claudia Flandorfer
Environmental Administration: Anna Mayerhofer