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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2017, Article ID 3078079, 12 pages
Research Article

The Relationship between Polar Vortex and Ozone Depletion in the Antarctic Stratosphere during the Period 1979–2016

Yu Zhang,1,2 Jing Li,2,3,4 and Libo Zhou5

1College of Ocean and Meteorology, Guangdong Ocean University, Zhanjiang, China
2Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA
3Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
4University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
5LAPC & LAOR, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Libo Zhou;

Received 25 May 2017; Revised 14 July 2017; Accepted 27 July 2017; Published 29 August 2017

Academic Editor: Dong Guo

Copyright © 2017 Yu Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


As the most prominent feature of the polar stratosphere, polar vortex results in widespread changes in the climate system, especially in the ozone variation. In this study, the linkage between polar vortex and ozone depletion in Antarctic stratosphere during the period 1979–2016 is investigated; we calculated the averaged total column ozone within the polar vortex based on the vortex edge (−28.8 PVU PV contour) instead of the geographical region defined by latitude and longitude. Results from the spatial patterns of ozone and polar vortex suggest that the morphological changes of polar vortex can impact the horizontal distribution of ozone and the ozone within the polar vortex experiences a severe depletion in spring. The negative relationship between ozone and polar vortex in terms of vortex area, strength, and breakup time is significant with the correlation coefficients of −0.57, −0.68, and −0.76, respectively. The breakup time of polar vortex plays an important role in the relation between polar vortex and ozone depletion with the highest-value correlation coefficient among three polar vortex parameters. Furthermore, the possible mechanism for this relationship is also discussed in this article.