Leading Researcher to Discuss the Ozone Hole
Susan Solomon, widely recognized for her insights into the causes of ozone depletion, will discuss her research Thursday, April 3, at 3:10 p.m. in Room 310 of the University of Wyoming Classroom Building.
Currently the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Solomon led the 1986 and 1987 national ozone expeditions to Antarctica, which included scientists and students from UW. Their measurements provided critical understanding of the formation of the Antarctic ozone hole, and contributed greatly to the scientific foundation for the 1987 Montreal Protocol to phase out the use of chlorofluorocarbons.
“The discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole shocked the world in 1985 and led to one of the most sweeping global changes in environmental policy to date,” Solomon says. “In this talk, I will describe some key aspects of the history of ozone science, and will discuss how the science led to policy changes. New research on the chemistry and surface climate impacts of ozone depletion also will be presented.”
Her research was recognized in 2000 when she received the National Medal of Science. From 2002-2008, she was the co-chair of Working Group 1 of the International Panel on Climate Change for the Fourth Assessment Report, which was recognized in 2007 with a share of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Susan Solomon at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.