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What effect does wind have on the ozone layer?


Wind, particularly if it contains turbulence, could have a significant effect on the ozone layer. Turbulence from higher wind speeds than occur now would allow CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) to more effectively interact with ozone molecules and thus cause a decrease the ozone concentration. Higher wind speeds would also transport ozone (and CFCs) greater distances. A greater variety of wind directions than occurs now could also distribute higher or lower concentrations of ozone (and CFCs) to different areas of the world.

David R. Cook
Climate Research Section
Environmental Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory

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