Research

Arctic UV-B

I have spent a number of years working on both the science and policy aspects of the ozone depletion problem. The first piece of work I did on this subject was a global warming and ozone depletion characterization of alternative CFCs: HCFCs and HFCs. This was the core of my master’s thesis at MIT. The fact that HCFCs contributed to ozone depletion at a level greater than had been claimed by industry and government led me into the policy arena where I worked with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER), heading up their atmospheric protection program.

My primary aim at IEER was to assist the policymaking process at various levels to quickly move away from CFCs and to limit involvement with HCFCs arguing primarily from a scientific perspective. Much of this work was captured in Mending the Ozone Hole, a book published by MIT Press in 1995.

Aside from the book, I have written on the ozone depletion problem in various places. Links to a few of these:

Technology Review Article, January 1996

“Ozone Levels Can Still Slide”, June, 1993

“Volcanoes, Dobson, and Ozone Depletion”, July 1993

A How and Why about ozone depletion, Boston Globe, 1993

I continue to work on the topic of ozone depletion with current emphasis on ultraviolet-B radiation in the Arctic.