Ozone Science Group

The Ozone Science Group is an informal group of Australian scientists interested in stratospheric ozone science. They meet once a quarter to share information about developments in ozone science and research, to coordinate their activities and to cooperate on specific projects.

Members of the Ozone Science Group at the 25th Anniversary event in Canberra

Members of the Ozone Science Group at the 25th Anniversary event in Canberra - ltr): Dr Frank Mills, Dr Greg Bodeker, Dr Paul Fraser, Mr Paul Krummel, Dr Andrew Klekociuk, Ms Annie Gabriel, Ms Julie Arblaster, Dr Stephen Wilson, Dr Matt Tully, Mr Kane Stone and Dr Damian Murphy

Membership

The group was established in 2007 as a means to encourage cooperation among Australia’s stratospheric ozone interests. It comprises key Australian ozone scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division, Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, and a number of research universities including the Universities of Melbourne, Wollongong, NSW, Tasmania, Adelaide, the Australian National University, Macquarie University and LaTrobe University.  Some ozone scientists from New Zealand are also part of the group and participate in meetings by teleconference.

Activities

The Ozone Science Group has undertaken a number of cooperative activities, such as combining information to produce a comprehensive review of the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Antarctic Ozone Holes, and a combined submission to the draft National Framework for Climate Change Science in late 2008. The group is an ideal way for Australian scientists to share information on new and ongoing research, to share data and information, to coordinate their research activities where possible, and to advocate for new or redirected research.

The Group also prepared Australia's national report to the tri-ennial Ozone Research Managers meeting in May 2011.

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. These reports inform governments about the progress with recovery of the ozone layer as a result of the phase-out of ozone depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and other influences on ozone layer recovery.  Parties to the Montreal Protocol consider the reports and decide what further action (if any) is needed to ensure continued recovery of the ozone layer.

The next assessment report is due to be finalised in late 2014. These reports represent a synthesis of ozone-related science undertaken in the last 4 years and build on previous reports. Previous reports are available on the United Nations Environment Protection website.

Australian scientists are playing an important role in the development of this report.

  • Dr David Karoly, prominent climate and ozone scientist at the University of Melbourne, has been selected to be on the four person steering committee for the assessment, the first time an Australian has been chosen for this position.
  • Dr Julie Arblaster from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been selected as a lead author for one of the assessment chapters, while Dr Simon Alexander from the Australian Antarctic Division and Dr Robyn Schofield from the University of Melbourne have been selected to co-author specific chapters.
  • Finally Dr Paul Fraser and Mr Paul Krummel from the CSIRO, and Dr Matt Tully from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, have also been asked to contribute to the assessment.

The selection of these Australian scientists for this important assessment report reflects the high standing of Australian ozone scientists in the global community and the excellent contribution that they are making to global ozone research.

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Further information

The department facilitates the operation of the group and provides secretariat support. For further information on the Ozone Science Group, please call the department on +61 (0)2 6274 2023.