The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)

Solomon, Susan

Solomon at the 24th Session 
of the IPCC (2005).
Solomon at the 24th Session of the IPCC (2005).

(1956 ) A highly respected proponent and IPCC author who is an atmospheric chemist and head of NOAA's Chemistry and Climate Processes Group

An ozone hole investigator

Solomon was chosen to lead the 1986 and 1987 National Ozone Expeditions to Antarctica's McMurdo Sound to investigate whether CFCs were causing of the Antarctic ozone hole. During which, her team discovered higher levels of atmospheric chlorine oxide which had been released by the CFCs. These reports formed a part of the scientific basis for the Montreal Protocol, a treaty which put an end to large-scale industrial CFC production and, thereby, solved the ozone problem.

Solomon explains what she does for a living

1. In 2010 she published a paper that looked at the effects of water vapour on global warming, click here to read the Guardian's analysis of it.

2. Click here to read Gavin Schmidt's analysis in Real Climate.

3. Click here to read how a skeptic blog (Resilient Earth) interpretted her work.

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