Stockholm, Sweden – Susan Solomon, a scientist from Boulder, Colorado, has won the Volvo Environmental Prize for 2009 for her findings on ozone layer depletion and her work on the UN climate panel.

Awarded by an independent foundation, the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected awards over the last 20 years.

Solomon was able to map the mechanisms underlying the hole in the ozone layer in expeditions to Antarctica, and in recent years, has led the most prestigious working group within the UN’s climate panel. The clear evidence that she and other researchers produced from her expeditions led to international agreements that banned the production of CFCs in refrigerants.

Solomon, who is a Senior Scientist at the Chemical Sciences Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, will travel to Sweden in early November to receive the prize at a ceremony and seminar in Stockholm.

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