Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 375–376 | Cite as

The southern hemisphere ozone hole split in 2002

  • Costas VarotsosEmail author
Letters to the Editor


Among the most important aspects of the atmospheric pollution problem are the anthropogenic impacts on the stratospheric ozone layer, the related trends of the total ozone content drop and the solar ultraviolet radiation enhancement at the Earth’s surface level.

During September 2002, the ozone hole over the Antarctic was much smaller than in the previous six years. It has split into two separate holes, due to the appearance of sudden stratospheric warming that has never been observed before in the southern hemisphere.The analysis of this unprecedented event is attempted, regarding both the meteorological and photochemical aspects, in terms of the unusual thermal field patterns and the induced polar vortex disturbances.


Ozone Polar Vortex Ozone Hole Total Ozone Content Sudden Stratospheric Warming 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Physics, PanepistimiopolisUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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