Ozone science research and resources

Overview

An international approach

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer sets out obligations for Parties to encourage and ensure ozone science research at the national level. Parties to the Vienna Convention keep ozone science under regular review and consider the outcomes of key ozone research meetings and the quadrennial ozone assessments undertaken by the Scientific Assessment Panel. The Vienna Convention is the parent convention of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Australia's role

Stratospheric ozone research and data collection in Australia is carried out by a number of different institutions, including the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO, ARPANSA and various universities.

Australian Atmospheric Measurements & Emissions Estimates of Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases, a report produced by CSIRO on behalf of the Department of the Environment, discusses emissions from developed and developing countries.

Southern hemisphere observation points are sparse and Australian observations are essential for global emission and trend analysis, and as inputs to global assessments.  Linkages between climate change and ozone protection, and stratospheric and tropespheric processes are current areas of international focus.

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The 2014 Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion

As required under the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, scientists from around the world report every four years to governments on the state of the ozone layer. The next assessment report is due to be finalised in late 2014. Australian scientists are playing an important role in the development of this report.

The Ozone Science Strategy

The 2009 Ozone Science Strategy was reviewed in 2012 and a revised strategy approved by the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water in September 2012.

The goal of the revised strategy is to support ozone research in Australia that is both coordinated nationally and contributes to better understanding globally of ozone protection activities and accomplishments.

See more information on elements of the Ozone Science Strategy relating to the Ozone Science Group and the Department’s top-up scholarship.