Ozone science research and resources


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 & Global emissions of Ozone Depleting Substances: June 2015, a report prepared by the CSIRO on behalf of the Department of the Environment, provides up to date measurements of ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere as well as global and Australian estimates of emissions of these ozone depleting substances.

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.

Antarctic Ozone Hole reports

During each Southern Hemisphere spring, the CSIRO provides weekly reports on the progress of the Antarctic Ozone Hole to the Department. These reports, as well as summary reports from previous years, can be accessed from the link below.

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