Ozone depletion, ultraviolet radiation, climate change and prospects for a sustainable future

Journal article
(Review article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Barnes PW, Williamson CE, Lucas RM, Robinson SA, Madronich S, Paul ND, Bornman JF, Bais AF, Sulzberger B, Wilson SR, Andrady AL, McKenzie RL, Neale PJ, Austin AT, Bernhard GH, Solomon KR, Neale RE, Young PJ, Norval M, Rhodes LE, Hylander S, Rose KC, Longstreth J, Aucamp PJ, Ballaré CL, Cory RM, Flint SD, de Gruijl FR, Häder DP, Heikkilä AM, Jansen MA, Pandey KK, Robson TM, Sinclair CA, Wängberg S, Worrest RC, Yazar S, Young AR, Zepp RG
Journal: Nature Sustainability
Publication year: 2019
ISSN: 2398-9629


Changes in stratospheric ozone and climate over the past 40-plus years have altered the solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation conditions at the Earth’s surface. Ozone depletion has also contributed to climate change across the Southern Hemisphere. These changes are interacting in complex ways to affect human health, food and water security, and ecosystem services. Many adverse effects of high UV exposure have been avoided thanks to the Montreal Protocol with its Amendments and Adjustments, which have effectively controlled the production and use of ozone-depleting substances. This international treaty has also played an important role in mitigating climate change. Climate change is modifying UV exposure and affecting how people and ecosystems respond to UV; these effects will become more pronounced in the future. The interactions between stratospheric ozone, climate and UV radiation will therefore shift over time; however, the Montreal Protocol will continue to have far-reaching benefits for human well-being and environmental sustainability.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Häder, Donat-Peter Prof. Dr.
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

External institutions with authors

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Australian National University (ANU)
Biospherical Instruments Inc
Cancer Council Victoria
Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Columbia University
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Finnish Meteorological Institute / Finnisches Meteorologisches Institut
Helsingin yliopisto / University of Helsinki
Institute For Global Risk Research
Institute of Wood Science and Technology
King’s College London
Lancaster Environment Centre
Leiden University Medical Center
Linnaeus University (LNU) / Linnéuniversitetet
Loyola University New Orleans
Miami University
Murdoch University
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) / Taihoro Nukurangi
North Carolina State University
Ptersa Environmental Consultants
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (früher: the Queensland Institute of Medical Research)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) / University of Buenos Aires
University College Cork (UCC)
University of Edinburgh
University of Gothenburg / Göteborgs universitet
University of Guelph (U of G)
University of Idaho
University of Michigan
University of Western Australia (UWA)
University of Wollongong (UOW)

How to cite

Barnes, P.W., Williamson, C.E., Lucas, R.M., Robinson, S.A., Madronich, S., Paul, N.D.,... Zepp, R.G. (2019). Ozone depletion, ultraviolet radiation, climate change and prospects for a sustainable future. Nature Sustainability. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0314-2

Barnes, Paul W., et al. "Ozone depletion, ultraviolet radiation, climate change and prospects for a sustainable future." Nature Sustainability (2019).


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