Technical note: The Lagrangian particle dispersion model FLEXPART version 6.2
- 1Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Kjeller, Norway
- 2Institute of Meteorology, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
- 3Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, Vienna, Austria
Abstract. The Lagrangian particle dispersion model FLEXPART was originally (about 8 years ago) designed for calculating the long-range and mesoscale dispersion of air pollutants from point sources, such as after an accident in a nuclear power plant. In the meantime FLEXPART has evolved into a comprehensive tool for atmospheric transport modeling and analysis. Its application fields were extended from air pollution studies to other topics where atmospheric transport plays a role (e.g., exchange between the stratosphere and troposphere, or the global water cycle). It has evolved into a true community model that is now being used by at least 25 groups from 14 different countries and is seeing both operational and research applications. A user manual has been kept actual over the years and was distributed over an internet page along with the model's source code. In this note we provide a citeable technical description of FLEXPART's latest version (6.2).