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Petra Seibert

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International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group

Since Oct 2021: Retiree at BOKU & Research associate in the FLEXPART group of Prof. Andreas Stohl
2014-2021: Associated Professor at Unversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Institute of Meteorology (BOKU - Met) - Environmental meteorology
2014-2016: Secondary affiliation with Univ. of Vienna, lecturer until 2019.
2012-2014: Professor of Theoretical Meteorology at University of Vienna


petra.seibert. at .univie.ac.at / petra.seibert. at . boku.ac.at


EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy: Nuclear is not sustainable!
Sustainability at risk. (on the INRAG blog)
Don't Nuke the Taxonomy, a website of the Austrian Institute of Ecology with an excellent collection of information.
Climate crisis and Covid crisis - they are both symptoms of the same faults!
Read the Message from the Co-Presidents of the Club of Rome and their Open Letter to Global Leaders - A Healthy Planet for Healthy People (can be signed by scientists etc.). I have started a little blog on these issues.
Climate protection needs action: Open letter in Science Magazine: Concerns of young protesters are justified. (I am among the orginal sigantories.)

Telephone BOKU: +43 1 47654-81417
Telephone Univie: +43 1 4277-53790, Fax: +43 1 4277-9537, Personal eFax: -89537

Postal address (BOKU):
Institut für Meteorologie, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Peter-Jordan-Str. 82, 1190 Wien, Österreich
Institute of Meteorology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)), Peter-Jordan-Str. 82, 1190 Vienna, Austria

Postal address (University of Vienna):
Institut für Meteorologie und Geophysik, Universität Wien, Josef-Holaubek-Platz 2 (UZA II), 1090 Wien, Österreich
Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, University of Vienna, Josef-Holaubek-Platz 2 (UZA II), 1090 Vienna, Austria

Visiting address (BOKU - only after appointment): Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Wien, Room 02/27.12 (public transport journey planner)

Visiting address (Univie - only after appointment): Josef-Holaubek-Platz 2 (near Spittelau), UZA II, Staircase G, Level 5 (directions, public transport journey planner)

Artist of the painting in my office: Monika Trojan

Curriculum Vitae

Short CV (in German, uni:vie)
CV (at BOKU, in English and a bit richer)

Research Interests


  • Past projects at BOKU
  • (completed) PREPARE (Innovative integrative tools and platforms to be prepared for radiological emergencies and post-accident response in Europe), EURATOM FP7, 2/2013-1/2016
  • PhD project of Anne Philipp on further development of and creation of a test environment for the FLEXPART Lagrangian particle dispersion model
  • (completed) flexRISK Poland: Assesment of possible consequences of hypothetical NPP accidents at the site Lubiatowo - Poland, 12/2013-3/2014.
  • Nuclear hazards -- flexRISK continuation
  • Support for the ERC Project "Absorbing aerosol layers in a changing climate: aging, lifetime and dynamics (A-LIFE)": Overall A-Life web site and our products based on CAMS, FLEXTRA, and FLEXPART



1995 until October 2012: see BOKU web site

Articles and reports


Arnold, D., D. Morton, I. Schicker, P. Seibert, M. W. Rotach, K. Horvath, J. Dudhia, T. Satomura, M. Müller, G. Zängl, T. Takemi, S. Serafin, J. Schmidli, S. Schneider (2012): High Resolution Modelling in Complex Terrain. Report on the HiRCoT 2012 Workshop, Vienna, 21-23 February 2012. BOKU-Met Report 21. PDF (5 MB)
Petra Seibert, The riddles of foehn - introduction to the historic articles by Hann and Ficker, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 21, No. 6, December 2012, pp. 607-614. This paper, open access.
A part of the "MetZ Classic Papers" Series; access to the translation of the two historical papers discussed: Meteorol. Z., Table of Contents (Vol. 21, No. 6).


Arnold, D., Seibert, P., Nagai, H., Wotawa, G., Skomorowski, P., Baumann-Stanzer, K., Polreich, E., Langer, M., Jones, A., Hort, M., Andronopoulos, S., Bartzis, J. G., Davakis, E., Kaufmann, P. and Vargas, A. (2013) Lagrangian Models for Nuclear Studies: Examples and Applications, in Lagrangian Modeling of the Atmosphere (eds J. Lin, D. Brunner, C. Gerbig, A. Stohl, A. Luhar and P. Webley), Geophysical Monograph Series 26, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C. doi: 10.1029/2012GM001294
Brioude, J., Arnold, D., Stohl, A., Cassiani, M., Morton, D., Seibert, P., Angevine, W., Evan, S., Dingwell, A., Fast, J. D., Easter, R. C., Pisso, I., Burkhart, J., and Wotawa, G. (2013): The Lagrangian particle dispersion model FLEXPART-WRF version 3.0, Geoscientific Model Development, 6, 1889-1904, doi:10.5194/gmd-6-1889-2013. PDF (1.1 MB), Supplement (zip-file, 2.5 MB))


Arnold, D., Morton, D., Schicker, I., Seibert, P., Rotach, M. W., Horvath, K., Dudhia, J., Satomura, T., Müller, M., Zängl, G., Takemi , T., Serafin, S., Schmidli, J., Schneider, S. (2012): Issues in high-resolution atmospheric modeling in complex topography - The HiRCoT workshop, Croatian Meteorological Journal (Hrv. meteor. časopis), 47, 3-11. Online version, reprint (PDF, 79 kB) [20 Feb 2014, link update 27 Sep 2015]
Petra Seibert, Dèlia Arnold, Nikolaus Arnold, Klaus Gufler, Helga Kromp-Kolb, Gabriele Mraz, Steven Sholly, Antonia Wenisch (2013): Flexrisk - Flexible tools for assessment of nuclear risk in Europe. Final Report. PRELIMINARY VERSION MAY 2013. BOKU-Met Report 23, PDF, 23 MB
Link to the flexRISK project web site
Petra Seibert, Radek Hofman, Anne Philipp (2014): Possible Consequences of Severe Accidents at the Proposed Nuclear Power Plant Site Lubiatowo near Gdansk, Poland. Final Report from March 4, 2014. University of Vienna, Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, Vienna, Austria. PDF, 68 MB. Project web site: https://www.univie.ac.at/theoret-met/flexrisk_pl/ [10 Mar 2014]
Arnold, D., C. Maurer, G. Wotawa, R. Draxler, K. Saito, P. Seibert (2015), Influence of the meteorological input on the atmospheric transport modelling with FLEXPART of radionuclides from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, J. Environ. Radioactivity, 139, p. 212-225/ http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.02.013
Haimberger, L., P. Seibert, R. Hitzenberger, A. Steiner und P. Weihs (2014): Das globale Klimasystem und Ursachen des Klimawandels. In: Österreichischer Sachstandsbericht Klimawandel 2014 (AAR14). Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC), Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Österreich, S. 137-172. http://dx.doi.org/10.1553/aar14s133.
Download AAR14 (alle Teile): a) kapitelweise, b) alles in einem grossen PDF (34.2 MB)


Irene Schicker, Dèlia Arnold Arias, Petra Seibert (2015): Influences of updated land-use datasets on WRF simulations for two Austrian regions, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics. June 2016, Volume 128, Issue 3, pp 279-301. Online version [24 Nov 2015]


P. Eslinger et al. (2016): International challenge to predict the impact of radioxenon releases from medical isotope production on a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty sampling station, J. Environ. Radioactivity, 157, 41-51. doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2016.03.001
Seibert, P., D. Arnold, N. Arnold, K. Gufler, H. Kromp-Kolb, and G. Mraz (2016): Eine Untersuchung des nuklearen Risikos in Europa infolge schwerer Unfälle in Kernkraftwerken. In: W. Liebert, C. Gepp, and D. Reinberger (Hg.), Nukleare Katastrophen und ihre Folgen. 30 Jahre nach Tschernobyl, 5 Jahre nach Fukushima, pp. 275-289, Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, Berlin.
P. Seibert and R. Steinacker (2016): Thermische Windsysteme über alpiner Topografie. Promet: meteorologische Fortbildung, 98, S. 25-42; ISSN 0340-4552. Online: Beitrag (7.0 MB), Ganzes Heft "Hochgebirgsmeteorologie und Glaziologie"/ whole volume (49 MB)!
I. Kovalets, S. Andronopoulos, R. Hofman, P. Seibert and I. Ievdin (2016): Advanced method for source term estimation and status of its integration in JRODOS, Radioprotection, 51, S121-S123 http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/radiopro/2016046


Hittmeir, S., A. Philipp, and P. Seibert (2018), A conservative reconstruction scheme for the interpolation of extensive quantities in the Lagrangian particle dispersion model FLEXPART. Geosci. Model Dev. 11(6), 2503-2523, URL: https://www.geosci-model-dev.net/11/2503/2018/. Now final version!
Maurer, C., J. Bare, J. Kusmierczyk-Michulec, A. Crawford, P. W. Eslinger, P. Seibert, B. Orr, A. Philipp, O. Ross, S. Generoso, P. Achim, M. Schoeppner, A. Malo, A. Ringbom, O. Saunier, D. Quelo, A. Mathieu, Y. Kijima, A. Stein, T. Chai, F. Ngan, S. J. Leadbetter, P. D. Meutter, A. Delcloo, R. Britton, A. Davies, L. G. Glascoe, D. D. Lucas, M. D. Simpson, P. Vogt, M. Kalinowski, and T. W. Bowyer (2018), International challenge to model the long-range transport of radioxenon released from medical isotope production to six Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty monitoring stations J. Environ. Radioactivity , URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2018.01.030.
Mayr, G.j., D. Plavcan, L. Armi, A. Elvidge, B. Grisogono, K. Horvath, P. Jackson, A. Neururer, P. Seibert, J.W. Steenburgh, I. Stiperski, A. Sturman, Ž. Večenaj, J. Vergeiner, S. Vosper, and G. Zängl, 2018: The community foehn classification experiment. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 99, 2229-2235, URL: https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0200.1


Camelia Talianu and Petra Seibert (2019), Analysis of sulfate aerosols over Austria: a case study. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 6235-6250, https://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/19/6235/
Ignacio Pisso, Espen Sollum, Henrik Grythe, Nina I. Kristiansen, Massimo Cassiani, Sabine Eckhardt, Delia Arnold, Don Morton, Rona L. Thompson, Christine D. Groot Zwaaftink, Nikolaos Evangeliou, Harald Sodemann, Leopold Haimberger, Stephan Henne, Dominik Brunner, John F. Burkhart, Anne Fouilloux, Jerome Brioude, Anne Philipp, Petra Seibert, and Andreas Stohl (2019), The Lagrangian particle dispersion model FLEXPART version 10.4 Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 4955-4997, URL: https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-12-4955-2019. PDF (3.9 MB).
Ryder, C. L., Highwood, E. J., Walser, A., Seibert, P., Philipp, A., and Weinzierl, B. (2019): Coarse and giant particles are ubiquitous in Saharan dust export regions and are radiatively significant over the Sahara, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 15353-15376, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-15353-2019.


Tipka, A., Haimberger, L., and Seibert, P.: Flex_extract v7.1.2 - a software package to retrieve and prepare ECMWF data for use in FLEXPART, Geosci. Model Dev. , https://doi.org./10.5194/gmd-13-5277-2020 2020. Look also under "Assets" in GMD!
Christoph Pistner, Stephen Thomas, M.V. Ramana, Paul Dorfman, Klaus Gufler, Greg Jaczko, Wolfgang Kromp, Helga Kromp-Kolb, Mycle Schneider, Petra Seibert, Ilse Tweer (2020): Nuclear Safety and Security during a Pandemic. INRAG Working Paper (24.04.2020). http://www.inrag.org/nuclear-safety-and-security-during-a-pandemic-2. 17 pp. PDF (447 kb)


Petra Seibert (2021): Gedanken zu "falschen Anglizismen" in der meteorologischen Fachsprache. ÖGM-Bulletin 2021/1. PDF


Pepin, N. C., Arnone, E., Gobiet, A., Haslinger, K., Kotlarski, S., Notarnicola, C., et al. (2022). Climate changes and their elevational patterns in the mountains of the world. Reviews of Geophysics, 60, e2020RG000730. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020RG000730. Direct download of accepted paper (PDF, 3 MB) and supplement (PDF, 1 MB).
Maurer, S. Galmarini, E. Solazzo, J. Kuśmierczyk-Michulec, J. Baré, M. Kalinowski, M. Schoeppner, P. Bourgouin, A. Crawford, A. Stein, T. Chai, F. Ngan, A. Malo, P. Seibert, A. Axelsson, A. Ringbom, R. Britton, A. Davies, M. Goodwin, P.W. Eslinger, T.W. Bowyer, L.G. Glascoe, D.D. Lucas, S. Cicchi, P. Vogt, Y. Kijima, A. Furuno, P.K. Long, B. Orr, A. Wain, K. Park, K.-S. Suh, A. Quérel, O. Saunier, D. Quélo (2022). Third international challenge to model the medium- to long-range transport of radioxenon to four Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty monitoring stations, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 255, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2022.106968 (open access).


Schöberl, M., Dollner, M., Gasteiger, J., Seibert, P., Tipka, A., and Weinzierl, B. (2023): Characterization of the airborne aerosol inlet and transport system used during the A-LIFE aircraft field experiment Submitted to AMT, Preprint EGUsphere https://egusphere.copernicus.org/preprints/2023/egusphere-2023-439/.
Members of the TPNW-SAG: Report of the Scientific Advisory Group on the status and developments regarding nuclear weapons, nuclear weapon risks, the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament and related issues. Report to the 2nd Meeting of States Parties to the Treay on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. (PDF)


Groß, S., Freudenthaler, V., Haarig, M., Ansmann, A., Toledano, C., Mateos, D., Seibert, P., Mamouri, R.-E., Nisantzi, A., Gasteiger, J., Dollner, M., Tipka, A., Schöberl, M., Teri, M., and Weinzierl, B. (2024): Characterization of aerosol over the Eastern Mediterranean by polarization sensitive Raman lidar measurements during A-LIFE – aerosol type classification and type separation Submitted to ACP, Preprint EGUsphere https://egusphere.copernicus.org/preprints/2024/egusphere-2024-140/.
Marilena Teri, Josef Gasteiger, Katharina Heimerl, Maximilian Dollner, Manuel Schöberl, Petra Seibert, Anne Tipka, Thomas Müller, Sudharaj Aryasree, Konrad Kandler, and Bernadett Weinzierl (2024): Pollution affects Arabian and Saharan dust optical properties in the Eastern Mediterranean Submitted to ACP, Preprint EGUsphere https://egusphere.copernicus.org/preprints/2024/egusphere-2024-701/.

Posters and presentations (selected)

Petra Seibert and Anne Philipp, The role of deposition in atmospheric transport of radionuclides. Poster at the CTBTO Science and Technology Conference 2013. 17-21 June 2013. PDF (1.3 MB)
Posters and presentations at EGU 2014: see here
Gespräch Klimawandel – Hitze – Bauen. Magistrat Wien, Geschäftsgruppe Stadtentwicklung, Verkehr, Klimaschutz, Energieplanung und BürgerInnenbeteiligung 23. September 2015. Download Folien: PDF, 7.9 MB (aktualisierte Version; Druckversion).
Neueste Vortragsversion (kürzer) Siehe unten, D-A-CH Konferenz.
Petra Seibert, Anne Philipp, Radek Hofman: Das Partikelausbreitungsmodell FLEXPART: Entwicklung und aktuelle Anwendungen. Vortrag Österreichischer MeteorologInnen-Tag, Wien, 5./6.11.2015. PDF, 6.6 MB
Petra Seibert: Tibetische Texte mit (Xe)LaTeX. Vortrag DANTE e.V. Frühjahrstagung, Passau April 2018. PDF, 1.4 MB. Siehe auch Pleasures of Tibetan input and typesetting with TeX in Norbert Preinings Blog.
Petra Seibert, Herbert Formayer: Wie kann durch klimagerechtes Bauen die Hitzebelastung in Städten minimiert werden? Vortrag D-A-CH Meteorologenkonferenz, Garmisch-P. März 2019. PDF, 2.1 MB
Petra Seibert: Dharma Centres and Climate Change: We All Need to Act. Mind and Life Summer Research Institute 2021, June 2021. PDF, 0.2 MB
Petra Seibert: How to Use the FLEXPART Model in Atmospheric Transport Modelling Challenges. CTBTO Scence and Technology Conference 2021, 28 June - 2 July 2021. PDF, 1 MB

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