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Ozone Depletion above the Arctic: Increase in UV Values Possible

Jülich, 19 February 2016 – A team of climate researchers, including scientists from Jülich, have found indications that considerable ozone depletion has begun this winter above the Arctic. The reason is the unusually low temperatures in the polar stratosphere. The researchers intend to perform more measurements in the coming weeks as part of the POLSTRACC (Polar Stratosphere in a Changing Climate) campaign to further investigate ozone depletion over the northern polar region. Jülich stratospheric researchers are contributing calculations updated every day. Strong ozone depletion could result in rising UV values until March. A website updated daily (in German) will provide information on whether this could lead to an increased risk of sunburn.

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