Dr. Susan Solomon is a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Aeronomy Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, United States.
Chemistry and Climate Processes.
Dr. Solomon's work helped to shed some light on the strange happenings in the stratosphere above Antarctica. In addition, she has carried out investigations of ozone depletion in the atmosphere of the rest of the world. Complimenting her Antarctic expeditions, she has led expeditions to the Arctic to study a smaller ozone hole that has developed over the North Pole.
Dr. Solomon has also helped show how volcanoes, though not damaging to the ozone layer by themselves, can speed up CFC-induced ozone destruction. Her work has helped us better assess the risks posed by ozone depletion and allowed people to combat the problem more effectively.
She is the recipient of many other honors and awards, including the J.B. MacElwane award of the American Geophysical Union, the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, the ozone award from the United Nations Environment Programme, and the 1999 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Award from the American Meteorological Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a foreign associate of the French Academy of Sciences, and a foreign member of the Academia Europaea. In addition to the glacier in Antarctica named in her honor, she was awarded the 1999 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific award bestowed by the United States government.