Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS)

August 27, 2012 08:00 ET

Leading International Scientists Meet to Discuss the Arctic Ozone Hole and New Findings on Ozone and Climate Change

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2012) - The first Canadian meeting of the Quadrennial Ozone Symposium opened today in Toronto, bringing leading scientists from more than 30 countries together to discuss recent findings on the ozone layer. This will be the first major ozone science meeting following the discovery of an ozone hole in the high Arctic in the spring of 2011. The Arctic ozone hole, which has similarities with the ozone hole over the South Pole and Antarctica, has given a new sense of urgency to international research and suggests the possibility that climate change could compromise the recovery of the ozone layer.

Notable attendees include: Dr. Gloria Manney, the lead author of paper reporting the first-ever arctic ozone hole; Prof. Tom McElroy, an inventor of the UV Index, now in use in 25 countries; Bob Evans, operator of South Pole ozone observatory at the US Amundsen-Scott Antarctic base; Dr. Richard Stolarski, formerly of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, a pioneer in ozone research; and Prof. James Drummond the Principal behind the PEARL arctic laboratory and CANDAC, the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change.

The Symposium, which is the flagship meeting of the international ozone science community, is being held under the auspices of the International Ozone Commission (IOC) -- the global scientific authority on ozone science -- and hosted by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, York University and the University of Toronto.

Canada is a world leader in ozone science, with more than five decades of study of the Arctic atmosphere and a research program that began in the 1930s. Notable Canadian achievements include the development of the world's most accurate ozone-measuring instrument and the creation of the UV Index.

Location: Toronto Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto

Date: August 27 to 31, 2012

Special presentation for media: 12 Noon to 1 PM, Tuesday, August 28, 2012.

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