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The depletion of the ozone layer... S. Godin-Beekmann, CNRS

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Sophie Godin-Beekmann 

Director of Research
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

“The depletion of the ozone layer and its interaction with climate change”


Ozone is an essential component of the Earth’s atmosphere. It shields living organisms at the Earth’s surface from dangerous solar ultraviolet radiation. The depletion of the ozone layer has been the first environmental issue to raise international concerns on impacts of human activities on the global Earth atmosphere. This depletion was found to be due to increased emissions by the chemical industry of halogenated compounds, which could reach the stratosphere and perturb the chemical equilibrium of ozone. The Montreal Protocol signed in 1987 regulates these ozone depleting substances (ODS). Hailed as an as an example of exceptional international cooperation, this Protocol establishes legally binding controls for developed and developing nations on the production and consumption of ODS. Thanks to the enforcement of the Montreal Protocol and its amendments, the abundance of ODS in the atmosphere is now decreasing and the ozone layer is slowly recovering. This talk will present the main features of stratospheric ozone depletion and assess its two-way interaction with climate change.

STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!
Prof. R. J. Sica
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 ext. 86438
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