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Item #d96jan11

"Total Ozone Trends from Quality-Controlled, Ground-Based Data (1964-1994)," R.D. Bojkov (Atmos. Environ. Serv., 4905 Dufferin St., Downsview ON M3H 5T4, Can.), L. Bishop, V.E. Fioletov, J. Geophys. Res., 100(D12), 25,867-25,876, Dec. 20, 1995.

Presents seasonal and year-round trend analyses for 46 Dobson stations, for four regions of the former USSR and for the two polar regions. Most of the data and calibrations used were the basis for the 1994 WMO/UNEP Ozone Assessment, but results provide a further estimate of ozone trends in the northern middle latitudes by adding another season of extremely ozone in the winter and spring of 1994-1995. Middle latitude trends show continuous year-round decline since 1979 of -4.3% and -4.1% per decade in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, respectively. The winter-spring trend was -7.5% for the Arctic, and -22% in spring over Antarctica.

Item #d96jan12

"Observational Studies of the Role of Polar Regions in Mid-Latitude Ozone Loss," R.L. Jones (Ctr. Atmos. Sci., Dept. Chem., Univ. Cambridge, U.K.), A.R. MacKenzie, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22(24), 3485-3488, Dec. 15, 1995.

The loss of ozone in the middle latitudes has prompted debate over whether and how perturbations to the chemical composition within the polar vortex may contribute to ozone reduction at lower latitudes. In this paper, in-situ observations of nitrogen compounds from both hemispheres are used to show that the transport of air from the polar vortex appears small, at least above the 400 K potential temperature surface.

Item #d96jan13

"The Response of Stratospheric Ozone to Volcanic Eruptions: Sensitivity to Atmospheric Chlorine Loading," X.X. Tie (NCAR, POB 3000, Boulder CO 80307), G. Brasseur, ibid., 22(22), 3035-3038, Nov. 15, 1995.

Model calculations described here suggest that the ozone decreases observed a few years after the eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo and El Chichon may have been unique in the Earth's history, and are directly linked to the presence of industrially manufactured chlorofluorocarbons. For chlorine loadings prior to 1980, the model shows that ozone column abundance would have increased after a large eruption, but after 1980, as chlorine levels became higher, the ozone response was negative. The response of ozone is expected to become positive again in the future as chlorine loadings diminish in response to current restrictions.

Item #d96jan14

"Southern Hemisphere Mid-Latitude Ground-Based Measurements of ClONO2: Method of Analysis, Seasonal Cycle and Long-Term Trend," A.R. Reisinger (Natl. Inst. Water Res., Lauder, P.B. 50061, Central Otago, N. Zealand), N.B. Jones et al., J. Geophys. Res., 100(D11), 23,183-23,193, Nov. 20, 1995.

Reports the first long-term analysis of the total column of chlorine nitrate (ClONO2) from ground-based infrared solar absorption measurements recorded at Lauder, New Zealand. Data show the first recorded seasonal variation of CLONO2, with a maximum in early September. An increase of 1.3% per year over the four-year period is consistent with determinations of the recent growth rate of atmospheric chlorine.

Item #d96jan15

"Variations of the Total Ozone Trend over the Northern Hemisphere Mid-latitudes in Winter-Spring Seasons 1963-1964 through 1992-1993," J.S. Krzyscin (Inst. Geophys., Polish Acad. Sci., ul. Ks. Janusza 64, 01-452, Warsaw, Poland), ibid., 100(D10), 20,927-20,935, Oct. 20, 1995.

Applies a multiple regression model to midlatitude total ozone observations to isolate the anthropogenic trend component from natural fluctuations in the polar low-pressure pattern. The analysis estimates the anthropogenic trend component to be 3.5% per decade since winter-spring of 1969-1970, and supports the hypothesis that the increased ozone loss over the northern midlatitudes during the 1980s and 1990s may have been partially caused by natural long-term oscillations in atmospheric dynamics.

Item #d96jan16

"Further Ozone Decline During the Northern Hemisphere Winter-Spring of 1994-1995 and the New Record Low Ozone over Siberia," R.D. Bojkov (Atmos. Environ. Serv., 4905 Dufferin St., Downsview ON M3H 5T4, Can.), V.E. Fioletov et al., Geophys. Res. Lett., 22(20), 2729-2732, Oct. 15, 1995.

Ground-based total ozone observations show that from mid-January to early April 1995, very low ozone values were again observed in northern middle and high latitudes, with deficiencies of 10-20% being typical, and exceeding 35-40% in one region and time period.

Item #d96jan17

"Recovery of Ozone in the Lower Stratosphere at the South Pole During the Spring of 1994," D.J. Hofmann (CMDL, NOAA, 325 Broadway, Boulder CO 80303), S.J. Oltmans et al., Geophys. Res. Lett., 22(18), 2493-2496, Sep. 15, 1995.

During 1994, springtime Antarctic ozone measured at the South Pole did not reach the record lows recorded during 1993. The recovery is probably the result of diminishing stratospheric aerosol from the Pinatubo eruption. However, the rate of decline in the 15-20 km region was as fast as or faster than in 1992 and 1993, indicating continuing saturation of the ozone destroying chemistry, which is to be expected as stratospheric chlorine amounts continue to rise.

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