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Professional career

Chief consultant, deputy head, Centre for Meteorological Models, DMI, Jun 2008 – present

Senior scientist, Meteorological Research Division, DMI, Apr 1996 – Jun 2008

Research scientist, Meteorological Research Division, DMI, May 1992 – Apr 1996

Post Doc, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Mar 1991 – May 1992

Research scholar, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Mar 1988 – Mar 1991


Ph.D. in physics from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, March, 1991

M.Sc. (cand. scient.) in physics and mathematics, University of Copenhagen, June, 1988

Scholarships received from the Carlsberg Foundation, the Foundation of Director Ib Henriksen and the Lørup Foundation

Research Areas

Description of atmospheric dispersion and deposition, and related model development intimately related with meteorological modelling. The work has included both basic and applied research, and it has involved national and international collaboration with universities, atmospheric, environmental, volcanic and veterinary research institutes as well as with authorities on nuclear, chemical, biological, volcanic and veterinary emergency management.

Developed the Danish Emergency Response Model of the Atmosphere (DERMA), a Lagrangian long-range dispersion model, as well as the DMI trajectory model. These models are in operational use for the Danish nuclear and chemical emergency preparedness as well as for the veterinary preparedness for airborne animal diseases and for volcanic ash prediction. In the model evaluations based on the European Tracer Experiment (ETEX), DERMA obtained “excellent” results in the evaluations involving around 30 models from Europe, USA, Canada and Japan.

In collaboration with the Risø National Laboratory and the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research developed the veterinary decision support system VetMet. VetMet is in operational use by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration which has the responsibility for prevention and control of animal diseases in Denmark. Provided assistance to the UK and Danish veterinary authorities during the UK foot-and-mouth disease epidemic in 2001.

Contributed to the development of the Danish Atmospheric Chemistry Forecasting System (DACFOS) as well as the Chemistry Aerosol Cloud (CAC) model, which was used for air-quality forecasts in Europe within the EU projects GEMS and MACC coordinated by ECMWF.

Contributed to the development of the air-quality forecasting system based on CAMx and DMI-HIRLAM which is in operational use at DMI.

Coordinates the development of an operational system for volcanic ash dispersion forecasting at DMI.

Contributes to the development and validation of the integrated environmental meteorology model Enviro-HIRLAM, which includes feed-back mechanisms between air chemistry, aerosols and meteorology.

Lecturer and Supervisor

Supervised Ph.D. students and university students at University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.

Lecturer at the Master of Veterinary Public Health Program, the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lecturer for bachelors at DMI.

Lecturer for DMI duty meteorologists on subjects related with operational emergency preparedness for atmospheric spread of hazardous matter.

Lecturer at the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) on atmospheric dispersion and meteorology related with nuclear emergency preparedness.

Lecturer at the Physics Laboratory, University of Copenhagen, 1985–1987.

Scientific Projects

Coordinator of the Nordic Nuclear Safety Research (NKS) projects MUD and FAUNA, and participation in NKS projects EKO-4, MetNet, NordRisk and NordRisk II.

Coordinator of projects for EURIMA quantifying effects of building insulation on the environment.

Participation in the following EU research projects and activities: ENSEMBLE, RTMOD, ETEX, ATMES-II, RODOS, FUMAPEX, GEMS, MACC, EnviroRisks, ARCTOC and EpiMAN (EU) as well as Cost Action ES0602.

Participation in the Centre of Energy, Environment and Health (CEEH).

Consultant to the Composition of the Atmosphere: Progress to Applications in the user CommunITY (CAPACITY) research project for the European Space Agency (ESA).

Participation in the Nordic Arctic Risk Programme (NARP) and the Far East Coastal Study of the Radiation Safety of the Biosphere Project (FARECS) projects.

Review Activities

Referee for the following peer-reviewed scientific journals: Atmos. Environ., J. Geophys. Res., Boundary-Layer Meteorol., Atmos. Chem. Phys., Phys. Chem. Earth, Math. Comp. Modelling, J. Adv. Res., Vet. Rec., Prev. Vet. Med., Ukr. Meteorol. J., J. Adv. Res.

Reviewed reports of the European Environment Agency (EEA), proposals for the German Atmospheric Research 2000 (AFO 2000) programme, IIASA project proposals, proposals for the Danish Energy Research Programme (Energiforskningsprogrammet, EFP), and proposals for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Other Professional Duties

Coordinator of DMI’s High-Performance Computer project 2012–2016.

Coordinator of the NordMet working group MetNet from 2008

Member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Expert Team on Modelling of
Atmospheric Transport for non-nuclear Emergency Response Activities, from February 2005

Chairman of EUMETNET’s Working Group on Environment (WG-ENV), and EUMETNET’s point of contact to the European Environment Agency (EEA), from September, 1997, till May, 2001

Member of the board of the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, 1984–1987

Publication List

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