Andreas is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen's Institute of Environmental Physics.

A mathematician by training, Andreas moved to the field of atmospheric remote sensing. Here, his main focus lies on the improvement and further development of the retrieval of atmospheric trace gases, mostly tropospheric NO2, in the ultraviolet and visible spectral regions.

In his recently finished PhD thesis with the title Tropospheric nitrogen dioxide from satellite measurements: SCIAMACHY limb/nadir matching and multi-instrument trend analysis, Andreas delevoped an algorithm combining measurements taken by the SCIAMACHY instrument in limb and nadir geometries to yield tropospheric NO2 abundances. In the second part of his thesis, Andreas analyzed the temporal evolution of tropospheric NO2 measurements from four satellite instruments, explicitly accounting for differences between the instruments, with a focus on large urban agglomerations.

Andreas is an avid advocate of open source software in general and the Python programming language in particular. He is an occasional contributor to several open source projects, mostly the excellent SciPy library.

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Publication list


Myriokefalitakis, S., Daskalakis, N., Gkouvousis, A., Hilboll, A., van Noije, T., Williams, J. E., Le Sager, P., Huijnen, V., Houweling, S., Bergman, T., Nüß, J. R., Vrekoussis, M., Kanakidou, M., and Krol, M. C.: Description and evaluation of a detailed gas-phase chemistry scheme in the TM5-MP global chemistry transport model (r112), Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., 2020,


L. K. Behrens, A. Hilboll, A. Richter, E. Peters, L. M. A. Alvarado, A. B. Kalisz Hedegaard, F. Wittrock, J. P. Burrows, and M. Vrekoussis. Detection of outflow of formaldehyde and glyoxal from the African continent to the Atlantic Ocean with a MAX-DOAS instrument. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19:10257–10278, 2019. doi:10.5194/acp-19-10257-2019.


L. K. Behrens, A. Hilboll, A. Richter, E. Peters, H. Eskes, and J. P. Burrows. GOME-2A retrievals of tropospheric NO2 in different spectral ranges – influence of penetration depth. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11(5):2769–2795, 2018. doi:10.5194/amt-11-2769-2018.

Isabelle De Smedt, Nicolas Theys, Huan Yu, Thomas Danckaert, Christophe Lerot, Steven Compernolle, Michel Van Roozendael, Andreas Richter, Andreas Hilboll, Enno Peters, Mattia Pedergnana, Diego Loyola, Steffen Beirle, Thomas Wagner, Henk Eskes, Jos van Geffen, Klaas Folkert Boersma, and Pepijn Veefkind. Algorithm theoretical baseline for formaldehyde retrievals from S5P TROPOMI and from the QA4ECV project. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11(4):2395–2426, 2018. doi:10.5194/amt-11-2395-2018.

Yang Wang, Janis Puķīte, Thomas Wagner, Sebastian Donner, Steffen Beirle, Andreas Hilboll, Mihalis Vrekoussis, Andreas Richter, Arnoud Apituley, Ankie Piters, Marc Allaart, Henk Eskes, Arnoud Frumau, Michel Van Roozendael, Johannes Lampel, Ulrich Platt, Stefan Schmitt, Daan Swart, and Jan Vonk. Vertical Profiles of Tropospheric Ozone From MAX-DOAS Measurements During the CINDI-2 Campaign: Part 1—Development of a New Retrieval Algorithm. J. Geophys. Res.: Atmospheres, 123(18):10637–10670, October 2018. doi:10.1029/2018JD028647.


A. Badia, O. Jorba, A. Voulgarakis, D. Dabdub, C. Pérez García-Pando, A. Hilboll, M. Gonçalves, and Z. Janjic. Description and evaluation of the Multiscale Online Nonhydrostatic AtmospheRe CHemistry model (NMMB-MONARCH) version 1.0: gas-phase chemistry at global scale. Geosci. Model Dev., 10(2):609–638, 2017. doi:10.5194/gmd-10-609-2017.

A. Hilboll, A. Richter, and J. P. Burrows. NO2 pollution over india observed from space – the impact of rapid economic growth, and a recent decline. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 2017:1–18, 2017. doi:10.5194/acp-2017-101.

J. Lampel, Y. Wang, A. Hilboll, S. Beirle, H. Sihler, J. Puķīte, U. Platt, and T. Wagner. The tilt effect in DOAS observations. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10(12):4819–4831, 2017. doi:10.5194/amt-10-4819-2017.

A. Lorente, K. Folkert Boersma, H. Yu, S. Dörner, A. Hilboll, A. Richter, M. Liu, L. N. Lamsal, M. Barkley, I. De Smedt, M. Van Roozendael, Y. Wang, T. Wagner, S. Beirle, J.-T. Lin, N. Krotkov, P. Stammes, P. Wang, H. J. Eskes, and M. Krol. Structural uncertainty in air mass factor calculation for NO2 and HCHO satellite retrievals. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10(3):759–782, 2017. doi:10.5194/amt-10-759-2017.

Y. Wang, S. Beirle, F. Hendrick, A. Hilboll, J. Jin, A. A. Kyuberis, J. Lampel, A. Li, Y. Luo, L. Lodi, J. Ma, M. Navarro, I. Ortega, E. Peters, O. L. Polyansky, J. Remmers, A. Richter, O. Puentedura, M. Van Roozendael, A. Seyler, J. Tennyson, R. Volkamer, P. Xie, N. F. Zobov, and T. Wagner. MAX-DOAS measurements of HONO slant column densities during the MAD-CAT campaign: inter-comparison, sensitivity studies on spectral analysis settings, and error budget. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10(10):3719–3742, 2017. doi:10.5194/amt-10-3719-2017.


S. F. Schreier, A. Richter, D. Schepaschenko, A. Shvidenko, A. Hilboll, and J. P. Burrows. Differences in satellite-derived NOx emission factors between Eurasian and North American boreal forest fires. Atmos. Environ., 121:55–65, November 2015. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.08.071.

A. Wagner, A.-M. Blechschmidt, I. Bouarar, E.-G. Brunke, C. Clerbaux, M. Cupeiro, P. Cristofanelli, H. Eskes, J. Flemming, H. Flentje, M. George, S. Gilge, A. Hilboll, A. Inness, J. Kapsomenakis, A. Richter, L. Ries, W. Spangl, O. Stein, R. Weller, and C. Zerefos. Evaluation of the MACC operational forecast system – potential and challenges of global near-real-time modelling with respect to reactive gases in the troposphere. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15(24):14005–14030, December 2015. doi:10.5194/acp-15-14005-2015.


L. M. A. Alvarado, A. Richter, M. Vrekoussis, F. Wittrock, A. Hilboll, S. F. Schreier, and J. P. Burrows. An improved glyoxal retrieval from OMI measurements. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7(12):4133–4150, December 2014. doi:10.5194/amt-7-4133-2014.

Carlos A. Cuevas, Alberto Notario, José Antonio Adame, Andreas Hilboll, Andreas Richter, John P. Burrows, and Alfonso Saiz-Lopez. Evolution of NO2 levels in Spain from 1996 to 2012. Sci. Rep., July 2014. doi:10.1038/srep05887.

M. Reuter, M. Buchwitz, A. Hilboll, A. Richter, O. Schneising, M. Hilker, J. Heymann, H. Bovensmann, and J. P. Burrows. Decreasing emissions of NOx relative to CO2 in East Asia inferred from satellite observations. Nat. Geosci., 7:792–795, September 2014. doi:10.1038/ngeo2257.

J. Yoon, J. P. Burrows, M. Vountas, W. von Hoyningen-Huene, D. Y. Chang, A. Richter, and A. Hilboll. Changes in atmospheric aerosol loading retrieved from space-based measurements during the past decade. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14(13):6881–6902, July 2014. doi:10.5194/acp-14-6881-2014.

A. W. Zien, A. Richter, A. Hilboll, A.-M. Blechschmidt, and J. P. Burrows. Systematic analysis of tropospheric NO2 long-range transport events detected in GOME-2~satellite data. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14(14):7367–7396, July 2014. doi:10.5194/acp-14-7367-2014.


Andreas Hilboll, Andreas Richter, and John P. Burrows. Long-term changes of tropospheric NO2 over megacities derived from multiple satellite instruments. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13(8):4145–4169, April 2013. doi:10.5194/acp-13-4145-2013.

Andreas Hilboll, Andreas Richter, Alexei Rozanov, Øivind Hodnebrog, Andreas Heckel, Sverre Solberg, Frode Stordal, and John P. Burrows. Improvements to the retrieval of tropospheric NO2 from satellite – stratospheric correction using SCIAMACHY limb/nadir matching and comparison to Oslo CTM2 simulations. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6:565–584, March 2013. doi:10.5194/amt-6-565-2013.

Mihalis Vrekoussis, Andreas Richter, Andreas Hilboll, John P. Burrows, Evangelos Gerasopoulos, Jos Lelieveld, Leonard Barrie, Christos Zerefos, and Nikolaos Mihalopoulos. Economic Crisis Detected from Space: Air Quality observations over Athens/Greece. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40:458–463, January 2013. doi:10.1002/grl.50118.


Øivind Hodnebrog, Sverre Solberg, Frode Stordal, T. M. Svendby, D. Simpson, Michael Gauss, Andreas Hilboll, G. G. Pfister, S. Turquety, Andreas Richter, John P. Burrows, and Hugo Denier van der Gon. Impact of forest fires, biogenic emissions and high temperatures on the elevated Eastern Mediterranean ozone levels during the hot summer of 2007. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12(18):8727–8750, September 2012. doi:10.5194/acp-12-8727-2012.


Maria Kanakidou, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, Tayfun Kindap, Ulas Im, Mihalis Vrekoussis, Evangelos Gerasopoulos, Eirini Dermitzaki, Alper Unal, Mustafa Koçak, Kostas Markakis, Dimitris Melas, Georgios Kouvarakis, Ahmed F. Youssef, Andreas Richter, Nikolaos Hatzianastassiou, Andreas Hilboll, Felix Ebojie, Folkard Wittrock, Christian von Savigny, John P. Burrows, Annette Ladstaetter-Weissenmayer, and Hani Moubasher. Megacities as hot spots of air pollution in the East Mediterranean. Atmos. Environ., 45(6):1223–1235, February 2011. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.11.048.

Si-Wan Kim, Stuart A. McKeen, Gregory J. Frost, S.-H. Lee, Michael K. Trainer, Andreas Richter, W. M. Angevine, E. Atlas, L. Bianco, K. Folkert Boersma, J. Brioude, John P. Burrows, J. de Gouw, A. Fried, James F. Gleason, Andreas Hilboll, J. Mellqvist, J. Peischl, D. Richter, C. Rivera, T. Ryerson, S. te Lintel Hekkert, J. Walega, C. Warneke, P. Weibring, and E. Williams. Evaluations of NOx and highly reactive VOC emission inventories in Texas and their implications for ozone plume simulations during the Texas Air Quality Study 2006. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11(22):11361–11386, November 2011. doi:10.5194/acp-11-11361-2011.

Katsuyuki Noguchi, Andreas Richter, Heinrich Bovensmann, Andreas Hilboll, John P. Burrows, Hitoshi Irie, Sachiko Hayashida, and Yu Morino. A feasibility study for the detection of the diurnal variation of tropospheric NO2 over Tokyo from a geostationary orbit. Adv. Space Res., 48:1551–1564, July 2011. doi:10.1016/j.asr.2011.06.029.

Andreas Richter, Mathias Begoin, Andreas Hilboll, and John P. Burrows. An improved NO2 retrieval for the GOME-2 satellite instrument. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 4:1147–1159, June 2011. doi:10.5194/amt-4-1147-2011.


Igor B. Konovalov, Matthias Beekmann, Andreas Richter, John P. Burrows, and Andreas Hilboll. Multi-annual changes of NOx emissions in megacity regions: nonlinear trend analysis of satellite measurement based estimates. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10(17):8481–8498, April 2010. doi:10.5194/acp-10-8481-2010.