Dr. Paul Newman is a leader on observations, modeling, and data analysis related to the stratosphere and ozone depletion. Dr. Newman has been with NASA since 1990. He is now a senior-level atmospheric physicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch.
Dr. Newman has been involved in NASA aircraft field missions since 1987, and has been project or platform scientist for 11 of those missions. These missions have provided crucial information for understanding ozone depletion. Dr. Newman is now the co-project scientist for the Global Hawk Pacific Mission (GloPac, March-April 2010). NASA acquired Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) from the military in 2009, and GloPac was the first mission to use these UASs for scientific research.
Dr. Newman is directing work on understanding the chemistry and physics of the ozone layer. He has written over 135 peer-reviewed publications on stratospheric science and ozone depletion. His work in the 1980s involved documenting the Antarctic ozone hole and understanding its dynamics. His latest modeling work has shown that ozone-depleting substances would have destroyed two-thirds of the ozone layer by 2065 if they had not been regulated by the Montreal Protocol.
Dr. Newman has been a primary leader in the scientific assessments of stratospheric ozone depletion. These assessments provide the scientific basis for the regulation of ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. He co-authored the WMO/UNEP 1988 ozone assessment chapter on temperature trends, co-authored the WMO 1994 ozone assessment chapter on mid-latitude ozone, and reviewed or contributed to the 1989, 1991, 1994, and 1998 WMO/UNEP assessments. Dr. Newman was the lead author on the polar ozone chapter for both the 2002 and 2006 WMO/UNEP assessments. In 2007, he was selected by the signatories to the Montreal Protocol as one of the co-chairs to the Scientific Assessment Panel.