Felix Vogel

Research Scientist

Chasing atmospheric greenhouse gases at the subnational scale as member of the Climate Chemistry Measurement and Research section of Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

  • Understanding the urban atmosphere, especially sources and sinks of carbon dioxide and short-lived climate pollutants like methane
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from Canada’s industrial activities like waste management, up- and downstream natural gas infrastructure, oil and gas extraction
  • Measurement techniques for atmospheric greenhouse gases, co-emitted species and carbon isotopes
  • Modelling of atmospheric greenhouse gases at local and regional scale as well as biospheric contribution to local CO2 levels

Professional activities / interests

World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG3IS) steering committee: https://ig3is.wmo.int/

Associate editor for the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association (JA&WMA): https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/uawm20/current

Peer reviewer for grant proposals and scientific journals

Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), European Geophysics Union (EGU), Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA)

Education and awards

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Environment Canada, Toronto, Canada, 2010-2013

Dr. rer. nat. (Phd equivalent) physics, Heidelberg of University, Germany, 2010

Key publications

  • Vogel, F. 2022. Chasing after methane’s ultra-emitters. Science375(6580), 490-491.
  • Williams, J. P., et al. 2022, Differentiating and Mitigating Methane Emissions from Fugitive Leaks from Natural Gas Distribution, Historic Landfills, and Manholes in Montréal, Canada. Environmental Science & Technology 56.23 (2022): 16686-16694.
  • Vogel, F., et al. 2022, Tracking local radiocarbon releases from nuclear power plants in southern Ontario (Canada) using annually-dated tree-ring records, Anthropocene,Volume 38, 100338
  • Gonzalez Moguel, R., 2022, Using carbon-14 and carbon-13 measurements for source attribution of atmospheric methane in the Athabasca oil sands region. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics22(3), 2121-2133.
  • Pak, Nasrin Mostafavi, et al. 2021, The facility level and area methane emissions inventory for the Greater Toronto Area (FLAME-GTA). Atmospheric Environment 252 (2021): 118319.
  • Ars et al. 2020, Investigation of the Spatial Distribution of Methane Sources in the Greater Toronto Area Using Mobile Gas Monitoring Systems, Environmental Science and Technology, 54, 24, 15671-15679
  • Chan et al. 2020, Eight-Year Estimates of Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations in Western Canada Are Nearly Twice Those Reported in Inventories, Environmental Science and Technology, 54, 23, 14899-14909
  • Baklanov et al. 2020, Integrated urban services: Experience from four cities on different continents, Urban Climate 32, 100610
  • Vogel et al. 2019, XCO2 in an emission hot-spot region: the COCCON Paris campaign 2015, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 19 (5), 3271-3285
  • Ganesan et al. 2019, Advancing scientific understanding of the global methane budget in support of the Paris Agreement , Global Biogeochemical Cycles 33 (12), 1475-1512
  • Nangini et al. 2019, A global dataset of CO2 emissions and ancillary data related to emissions for 343 cities, Scientific data 6 180280
  • Pugliese et al. 2018, High-resolution quantification of atmospheric CO 2 mixing ratios in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (5), 3387
  • Assan et al. 2018, Can we separate industrial CH4 emission sources from atmospheric observations?-A test case for carbon isotopes, PMF and enhanced APCA, Atmospheric Environment 187, 317-327
  • Dobler et al. 2017, Demonstration of spatial greenhouse gas mapping using laser absorption spectrometers on local scales, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 11 (1), 014002
  • Wu et al. 2016, What would dense atmospheric observation networks bring to the quantification of city CO2 emissions? Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16 (12), 7743-7771
  • Vogel et al. 2013, Can we evaluate a fine-grained emission model using high-resolution atmospheric transport modelling and regional fossil fuel CO2 observations? Tellus B, 65 (1), 18681
  • Vogel et al. 2013, Evaluation of a cavity ring-down spectrometer for in-situ observations of 13CO2, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 6 (47), 301-308
  • Levin et al. 2011: Verification of greenhouse gas emission reduction: the prospect of atmospheric monitoring in polluted areas, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2011) 369, 1906-1924
  • Vogel et al. 2010: Implications of weekly and diurnal 14C calibration on hourly estimates of CO-based fossil fuel CO2 at a moderately polluted site in southwestern Germany, Tellus B, 62(5), 512-520

Research facility

4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5T4


Climate Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, University of Toronto



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