Professor Neil Harris, Head of Centre for Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions Technology, was a co-author on a paper published by Nature. The paper, Detecting Recovery of the Stratospheric Ozone Layer, was published on 14 September, 2017.

Abstract: As a result of the 1987 Montreal Protocol and its amendments, the atmospheric loading of anthropogenic ozone-depleting substances is decreasing. Accordingly, the stratospheric ozone layer is expected to recover. However, short data records and atmospheric variability confound the search for early signs of recovery, and climate change is masking ozone recovery from ozone-depleting substances in some regions and will increasingly affect the extent of recovery. Here we discuss the nature and timescales of ozone recovery, and explore the extent to which it can be currently detected in different atmospheric regions.

The full listing of authors and their affiliations for this paper is as follows: Martyn P. Chipperfield (1,2), Slimane Bekki (3), Sandip Dhomse (1), Neil R.P. Harris (4), Birgit Hassler (5), Ryan Hossaini (6), Wolfgang Steinbrecht (7), Rémi Thiéblemont (3) and Mark Weber (8).

  1. School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK
  2. National Centre for Earth Observation, University of Leeds, U.K.
  3. LATMOS-IPSL, Paris, France
  4. Centre for Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions Technology, Cranfield University, UK
  5. Bodeker Scientific, New Zealand
  6. Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK
  7. Deutscher Wetterdienst, Hohenpeissenberg, Germany
  8. Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Germany

The following funding acknowledgements from the authors appear at the end of the paper: MPC acknowledges support of a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. MW acknowledges partial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Research Unit SHARP (Stratospheric Change and its Role for Climate Prediction) and the ESA CCI-Ozone project. RT acknowledges his funding by the LABEX L-IPSL project (grant ANR-10-LABX-18-01). SB and NRPH have been partially supported by the European project StratoClim (603557 under programme FP7-ENV.2013.6.1-2). NRPH also acknowledges support from NERC CAST (NE/I030051/1).

If you are interested in speaking with Professor Harris about his work, please contact Liam Singleton.