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Ozone hole and science

Ozone Hole Following the publication of the findings of a British Antarctic Survey article in May 1985, the phenomenon of ozone depletion over Antarctica was referred to as the "ozone hole", a phrase first attributed to Nobel Prize winner Sherwood Rowland. The satellite image of the Ozone Hole has become a global symbol of this environmental threat that has helped mobilize public support for the Montreal Protocol.

The work of atmospheric scientists and environmental researchers continues to play a paramount role in informing the policymaking under the Montreal Protocol. Images and scientific bulletins about ozone depletion are useful communication tools to the public about progress made and challenges ahead.

Information about this topic

Reports of the Scientific and Environmental Assessment Panels 
Questions and answers about the Ozone Layer 
Publications produced by other organisations
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Ozone bulletins

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Antarctic Ozone Bulletins 

Latest ozone measurements

Global ozone map
Meteorological Service of Canada & Environment Canada
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NASA Ozone Watch

Images and movies

Scientific Visualization Studio
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Several hundred images and movies from diverse NASA sources over many years

TOMS Multimedia Files
NASA Ozone Processing Team

Movies and images of Antarctic ozone hole, North hemisphere ozone, UV-absorbing aerosols and UV radiation


Phase out schedule
UNEP Compliance Assistance Programme
UNDP Montreal Protocol Unit External link
UNIDO Montreal Protocol Unit External link
World Bank Montreal Protocol Operations External link
British Antarctic Survey Antarctic Ozone
Environment Canada Experimental Studies Unit
NASA Earth Observatory Ozone
NASA Halogen Occultation Experiment (HALOE)
NASA Total Ozone Spectrometer (TOMS)
NASA Ozone Watch
NOAA Stratospheric Ozone Monitoring & Research
University of Cambridge The Ozone Hole Tour
USEPA The Science of Ozone Depletion
WMO Antarctic Ozone Bulletins & Data
WMO Ozone Mapping Centre
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