POSTPONED: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the associated travel restrictions and continuing uncertainty, the TOAR-II workshop has been postponed until later in 2020 (dates TBC). Thank you for your interest in the Workshop and please contact us if you need further information (

  TOAR | Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report


Ozone is a key constituent of the lower atmosphere, affecting human health and plant growth as well as contributing to atmospheric radiative forcing.

The Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report Phase I ( was the first worldwide peer reviewed study of the impacts of tropospheric ozone. Individuals and institutions within Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and some Indian Ocean and Pacific Islands contributed data from 69 sites to the TOAR global database (, and participated in 4 of the 8 summary studies, published, collectively the final report of the TOAR (phase I) activity ( TOAR-II has been accepted by IGAC (the overarching body) as an extension of TOAR for the next 5 years and will continue global and regional studies of ozone and its precursors in the lower atmosphere, affecting human health and plant growth as well as contributing to atmospheric radiative forcing.


The Workshop will provide: a focus for discussion of ozone research as a major air quality issue and the development of control strategies in Oceania; an opportunity to understand, participate and influence the international studies of TOAR-II; acknowledge the contributions to TOAR (phase I) from stations in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Pacific and Indian Ocean Islands; and an opportunity for further networking and collaborative activities on these issues within Oceania. The workshop takes advantage of the visit to Australia of Dr Martin Schultz, Co-Chair of TOAR Phase -ll and Group Leader Earth System Data Exploration, Department of Federated Systems and Data, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany.


Workshop (contributions on the following topics as Oral presentations (10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes questions) or Poster presentations are sought)

  • Overviews of Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report phases 1 & 2
  • Health impacts, plant damage and climate forcing by ozone in Oceania
  • Studies of ozone in the lower atmosphere in Oceania (air quality networks, ozone-sondes, aircraft and remote-sensing)
  • Anthropogenic and natural emissions of ozone precursors in Oceania
  • Control strategies for ozone in Oceania: past successes, their limitations and current plans
  • Modelling ozone over Oceania
  • Discussion of further collaboration and possible actions.

Deadline for oral and poster presentation abstracts: to be submitted by 18th March 2020. Email abstracts to TOAR Oceania Workshop Committee. Abstract template can be downloaded from

Tutorial – Martin Schultz

A hands-on tutorial on the TOAR data services and modern data analysis tools and workflows. These tools are suitable for students/practitioners of environmental/climate science working with big data from distributed sources.

Intended audience

This workshop is aimed at professionals and students working in the tropospheric ozone field, particularly in areas related to the workshop program topics.


Places are limited. Preference for attendance will be given to professionals and students working in these areas.

Deadline for Registration 18 March 2020

Morning/afternoon tea and lunch will be provided.

Limited funding is available to support early career and/or developing country scientists to attend the Workshop. Due to the limited funding, please only apply for travel support if you absolutely need it. Contact the IGAC Director Megan L. Melamed:

Event date: 31Mar 2020

Tuesday 31 Mar - Wednesday 1 Apr 2020

Priestley Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Climate Science Centre

107-121 Station Street, Aspendale, Victoria, Australia
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Workshop dinner:

A dinner will be held on Tuesday 31st March for workshop participants at the Rossdale Golf Club, Cnr First and Sixth Avenue, Aspendale VIC 3195.


Driving there?

Vehicle parking is available in the front car park accessed via Robertson Parade or Station Street.

Taking public transport?

The site is also easily accessible by public transport via Aspendale Train station on the Frankston Line, followed by a short walk. Please remember to purchase a Myki card.


Accommodation options around Aspendale are limited. A selection of accommodation options is provided below for your convenience. Staying somewhere along the Frankston train line will help with transportation.

Accommodation near Aspendale

Best Western Buckingham International
1130 Nepean Hwy, Highett
PH 03 9555 0011; Fax 03 9555 0044

Parkdale Motor Inn
200 Nepean Hwy, Parkdale
PH 03 9584 4222; Fax 03 9583 0723

Quest Frankston
377 Nepean Hwy, Frankston
PH 03 8796 1000

Beachside Apartments Bonbeach
536-537 Nepean Highway, Bonbeach
PH 03 9772 6516

Quest Brighton Beach
250 Esplanade, Brighton
PH 03 9591 5000

Hemisphere Conference Centre and Hotel
488 South Road, Moorabbin
PH 03 9093 7999

Brighton Savoy
150 the Esplanade, Brighton
PH 03 9592 8233

Aspendale Shore Motel
31 Nepean Highway, Aspendale
PH 03 9580 6140

Quest Cheltenham
37-39 Station Road, Cheltenham
PH 03 8523 5800

Balcombe Serviced Apartments
PH 03 9580 3121

A range of options are also available on AirBnB or Stayz or other booking sites such as TripAdvisor

Accommodation in the city

Aston Apartments
40 Powell Street, South Yarra
PH 03 9866 2953; Fax 03 9867 8685

Hotel Sophia
277-287 King Street, Melbourne
PH 03 9670 1342; Fax 03 9602 1018

TOAR Oceania Workshop

The workshop is hosted by the Climate Science Centre, CSIRO.

Organising Committee

Ian Galbally Co-convenor
Suzie Molloy Co-convenor
Rob Gillett
Nada Derek
Colette Leary

For further information

TOAR Oceania Workshop Committee

Science areas: Environment

Event type: Exhibition or workshop