Ozone Hole and Drought
Name: Leisa C.
How does the hole in the ozone layer affect the drought
The ozone depletion ("hole") over Antarctica probably
has little if any affect on the climate of Australia.
The ozone depletion primarily just allows more
ultraviolet radiation to penetrate to the Earth's surface
at Antarctica. When the depletion area breaks up, blobs
of it do float over southern South America and more rarely
Australia, but that should have little affect on climate
and therefore the droughts in Australia.
David R. Cook
Atmospheric Research Section
Environmental Research Division
Argonne National Laboratory
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