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Petzold, Andreas

PD Dr., Institute of Energy and Climate Research IEK-8 Troposhere, Forschungszentrum Jülich


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institute of Energy and Climate Research
IEK-8 Tropospehre
52428 Jülich


Fon: +49 2461 61 5795

Research topics

  • Trends and variability of atmospheric chemical composition and aerosol particles: Global and long-term observation of atmospheric composition by using instrumented passenger aircraft as observation platforms; investigation of spatial-temporal variability and atmospheric processing of tropospheric aerosol
  • Optical properties of tropospheric aerosol: Investigation of multi-spectral aerosol optical properties, in particular the aerosol absorption and extinction coefficients of mixed aerosols; studies on aerosol absorption coefficient, black carbon and mineral dust
  • Development and validation of aerosol measurement techniques: Development and testing of novel methods for the determination of the aerosol absoprtion and extinction coefficients, complex refractive index from aerosol absorption measurements at multiple wavelengths

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  • Petzold, A., Thouret, V., Gerbig, C., Zahn, A., Brenninkmeijer, C. A. M., Gallagher, M., Hermann, M., Pontaud, M., Ziereis, H., Boulanger, D., Marshall, J., Nédélec, P., Smit, H. G. J., Frieß, U., Flaud, J.-M., Wahner, A., Cammas, J.-P., Volz-Thomas, A., and IAGOS-Team (2015): Global-Scale Atmosphere Monitoring by In-Service Aircraft – Current Achievements and Future Prospects of the European Research Infrastructure IAGOS, Tellus B, 67, 28452, doi:10.3402/tellusb.v67.28452
  • Petzold, A., Ogren, J. A., Fiebig, M., Laj, P., Li, S.-M., Baltensperger, U., Holzer-Popp, T., Kinne, S., Pappalardo, G., Sugimoto, N., Wehrli, C., Wiedensohler, A., and Zhang, X.-Y. (2013): Recommendations for reporting “black carbon” measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 8365–8379, doi:10.5194/acp-13-8365-2013
  • Petzold, A., Rasp, K., Weinzierl, B., Esselborn, M., Hamburger, T., Dörnbrack, A., Kandler, K., Schütz, L., Knippertz, P., Fiebig, M., and Virkkula, A. (2009): Saharan dust refractive index and optical properties from aircraft-based observations during SAMUM 2006, Tellus B, 61, 118–130
  • Petzold, A., Schlösser, H., Sheridan, P. J., Arnott, W. P., Ogren, J. A., and Virkkula, A. (2005): Evaluation of multiangle absorption photometry for measuring aerosol light absorption, Aerosol Sci. Technol., 39, 40-51
  • Petzold, A., and Schönlinner, M. (2004): Multi-angle absorption photometry - A new method for the measurement of aerosol light absorption and atmospheric black carbon, J. Aerosol Sci., 35, 421-441
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