Alert in Antarctica: the hole in the ozone layer is larger than usual

The hole in the ozone layer is the largest and deepest in recent years EFE / Felipe Trueba / Archive

Since 1985 everyone September 16 is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. This tradition began exactly that day after, A hole has been discovered in the ozone layer in Antarctica. The purpose of this celebration is Maintaining awareness of human impact on the environment. From the moment it was discovered, the hole is monitored and analyzed every southern spring.

This year , Copernicus Atmosphere Watch Service (Competency Assurance Management System, for its acronym in English), he said so The gap of the ozone layer has grown dramatically Last week after initially stabilizing. “Forecasts show that this year’s hole has become a little larger than usual.“, She said Vincent Henry BeucheSatellite Monitoring Service Manager European Union, “We are facing a fairly large and possibly deep ozone hole“he added.

Buch also said the hole started normally last year, but later became one of the longest on record.

In 1987, two years after the crater was discovered, Montreal Protocol who – which Banned a series of chemicals known as halocarbons, targeted by the annual exacerbation of the hole in the ozone layer. According to experts, Only in the sixties of the twentieth century It can be expected Substances that deplete the ozone layer are completely removed. This depends exclusively on the commitment to reduce and subsequently eliminate emissions of gases and substances that damage the atmosphere..

The hole in the ozone layer is getting wider.
The hole in the ozone layer is getting wider.

How does the Competence Assurance Management System work:

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search center Monitors the level of ozone in the atmosphere and ultraviolet radiation that pass through the ozone layer and bounce off the Earth’s surface; And above all the effect of this. through your records Analyze past trends And Provides a quick overview of the current situation. Later, Predict ozone concentrations for the next few days Accordingly , Define searchAnd Policy Monitoring And Information provided to the public.

The hole is getting deeper every year and the ozone layer is getting thinner and thinner.. The implications of this are not theoretical, Affect thousands of lives All over the world this number is only increasing. It is necessary to take a look at what is happening at the moment in different parts of United State Based on Europe: Uncontrollable wildfires that claim human lives Not to mention animal life. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their cities and homes, and they lost all their possessions. Once again, these consequences are only the beginning, as everything seems to indicate that this situation will only get worse in the coming years.

This is why the information provided by the CAM system, which is based on in-situ and satellite observations and detailed atmospheric models, is so important.

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