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Dr James Screen

Senior Research Fellow (Proleptic)


Telephone: 01392 726408

Extension: (Streatham) 6408

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Dr Screen is a NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Research Fellow in the Exeter Climate Systems group within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. He currently leads a three-year project entitled “Arctic Climate Change and its Mid-latitude Impacts”, in collaboration with the UK Meteorological Office Hadley Centre and the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of how the dramatic retreat of Arctic sea ice will impact weather and climate in the northern hemisphere mid-latitudes, and of the physical processes that govern these interactions.

Dr Screen was awarded the IAMAS (International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences) Early Career Scientist Medal in 2013 and a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2015.

Research Interests

  • Climate variability and change
  • Arctic Amplification, its causes and impacts
  • Role of sea ice in the climate system
  • Climate impacts of Arctic sea ice loss

Selected Publications

A full list of publications and citations can be found here.


  • Ayarzagüena, B. & J.A. Screen, 2016: Taking the chill off: Arctic sea-ice loss reduces severity of cold air outbreaks in midlatitudes, Geophys. Res. Lett., submitted
  • Screen, J.A. & J.A. Francis, 2016: Contribution of sea-ice loss to Arctic amplification regulated by Pacific Ocean decadal variability, Nature Clim. Change, in revision


  • Deser, C., R. Tomas, L. Sun & J.A. Screen, 2016: Does ocean-coupling matter for the northern extra-tropical response to projected Arctic sea ice loss?, Geophys. Res. Lett., accepted
  • Vihma, T., J.A. Screen, M. Tjernstrom, B. Newton, X. Zhang, V. Popova, C. Deser, M. Holland & T. Prowse, 2016: The atmospheric role in the Arctic water cycle: processes, past and future changes, and their impacts, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., accepted
  • Lique, C., M. Holland, Y. Dibike, D. Lawrence & J.A. Screen, 2016: Modeling the Arctic freshwater system and its integration in the global system: Lessons learned and future challenges, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., accepted