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Dr. Matthias S. Karl

Contact Address:


NILU ‒ Norwegian Institute for Air Research

Urban Environment and Industry

Instituttveien 18, P.O. Box 100

NO-2027 Kjeller, Norway

Phone: 47 6389 8128

Fax:      47 6389 8050

Professional Experience

 2008 - present  Senior Scientist (since 2013). Researcher at NILU.
Department for Urban Environment and Industry.
Model Development and Support for Air Quality Management Systems and air quality industry projects.
 2005 - 2008  Post-doctoral researcher at the Climate Change Unit, IES, JRC Ispra, Italy.
 2005      Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Meteorology, University Stockholm, Sweden. Studies on the evolution of airborne aerosol particles over the Arctic pack ice area.
 2001 - 2004    Research assistant at the Research Centre Julich, ICG-II: Troposphere.
PhD Thesis at University of Munster, Prof. Dr. O. Klemm:
"Modellierung atmosphaerisch-chemischer Reaktionssysteme in einer Tageslicht-Atmosphaeren Simulationskammer".
 1999 - 2001      Software developer at Techm AG&Co., Frankfurt, M.
Maintenance and development of operational calculation software for heating costs, web programming.
1998         Fraunhofer Institute IFU, Garmisch Partenkirchen, with Prof. Dr. W. R. Stockwell.
Implementation of the regional atmospheric chemistry mechanism (RACM) into the chemistry transport model "Meterology, Climate and Chemistry Model (MCCM), used in daily weather and pollution forecast.
 1997 - 1998  Assistant at the Institute for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Bayreuth.




Scientific Achievements

Combined sensitivity analysis with a Monte Carlo technique to find appropriate initial conditions for chamber experiments to determine kinetic parameters of gas-phase reactions at tropospheric mixing ratios of reactants in the large atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR (Karl, 2004, PhD Thesis).

Designed experiments to investigate the rate constants for the initial step of the oxidation of isoprene, a biogenic VOC released by vegetation, initiated by the reactive hydroxyl radical (OH) and by ozone (O3) in SAPHIR.

Based on an existing reaction scheme for the degradation of isoprene, Dr. Karl has developed a detailed pattern for the treatment of the isoprene oxidation products methacrolein (MACR) and methyl vinyl ketone (MVK). In a product study the formation yield of MVK and MACR in the OH-induced isoprene oxidation and the rate constant of their reaction with OH were determined under realistic atmospheric conditions.

In an intercomparison of seven dimethyl sulphide (DMS) oxidation chemical mechanisms for the marine boundary layer (MBL) it was demonstrated that high uncertainties remain in the understanding of DMS chemistry with implications for climate.

New European emission database (spatial resolution of 0.089×0.089 degrees) for biogenic VOC (BVOC) based on Geographic Information System (GIS) land use data and a literature review on emission factors and foliar biomass densities.

Incorporation of a module for formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) into a two-way nested global CTM and studied the role of isoprene as a precursor to SOA over Europe.

Development of the novel multicomponent aerosol dynamics model MAFOR (Karl et al., 2011; 2012). The model has been applied in studies on new particle formation over the Arctic Ocean.