Updated 12 October, 2003
and Recovery of the Ozone Layer: An Update of the Scientific Understanding
USGCRP Seminar, 23 September 1998
Dr. David Goodrich
Dr. Daniel L. Albritton
The forthcoming United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report,"Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 1998" will be the newest in a series of assessments providing an update on the state of scientific understanding of the Earth's ozone layer. The key scientific points and conclusions contained within this report's Executive Summary are listed below. These key points were established and agreed upon at a peer-review meeting held in early June, 1998, of the full assessment report. Over 250 scientists from around the world participated in the writing and review of the 1998 report, which will go to press later this year and will be available in early 1999.
Dr. Daniel L. Albritton has directed the Aeronomy Laboratory of NOAA's Environmental Research Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado since 1986. The research of the Laboratory is focused on understanding the chemistry and dynamics of the atmosphere. Several key environmental phenomena are being addressed: stratospheric ozone depletion, regional tropospheric chemistry, tropospheric ozone production, tropical ocean/atmosphere interactions, and the climate system. The Laboratory is staffed with approximately 115 scientists, engineers, and support personnel.
Personal Research: Dr. Albritton joined the Aeronomy Laboratory in 1967 and conducted research on the laboratory investigation of atmospheric ion-molecule reactions and theoretical studies of diatomic molecular structure. In later years, his research interest has been the field investigation of atmospheric trace-gas photochemistry. He has published approximately 150 papers in these areas, has contributed numerous invited review papers, and has lectured worldwide on these subjects.
Research Planning: Dr. Albritton was one of two coordinators of the drafting of the initial research plan for the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He has been a member of review and steering groups for the National Academy of Sciences, other-Federal Agency and private-sector programs, and international research efforts such as the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Program. He is the Science Vice-Chair of the Air Quality Research Subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. He also leads the Atmospheric Chemistry Project of NOAA's Climate and Global Change Program and NOAA's "Health of the Atmosphere" regional air quality research program.
Scientific Assessments of the Stratospheric Ozone Layer: Dr. Albritton serves as Co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme's Ozone Science Assessment Panel. In this capacity, he provides scientific information to the United Nations Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. He has often been called upon to describe this science to other governmental and industrial organizations and to the public. He has also testified frequently before Congress on this topic.
Scientific Assessments of the Climate System: He has served as a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessment reports. He has been invited by numerous organizations to summarize the current scientific knowns and unknowns regarding the climate system.
Recognition and Awards: Dr. Albritton is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Geophysical Union. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy and the Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry, as well as serving as editor of the latter journal. Dr. Albritton has received several awards and honors for outstanding performance in NOAA, including two Department of Commerce Gold Medal Awards and two Presidential Rank Awards. For his role in leading scientific assessments of stratospheric ozone depletion, he has received a 1992 Special Award from the American Meteorological Society, the 1993 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the 1994 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, and a 1995 U. N. Environment Programme Ozone Award.