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Prof James Screen

Associate Professor in Climate Science


Telephone: 01392 726408

Extension: (Streatham) 6408

Follow me on Twitter: @polar_james

Dr Screen is an Associate Professor in Climate Science within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. He current research focuses on the climate of the Polar Regions and how Arctic sea-ice loss influences mid-latitude weather and climate. His work has significantly advanced scientific understanding of the causes, and global effects, of rapid Arctic climate change. Dr Screen is an internationally recognised expert in modelling the climate response to Arctic sea ice changes.

Dr Screen held a prestigous NERC Fellowship from 2012-2015. His achievements have been recognized by the awards of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences Early Career Scientist Medal in 2013 and a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2015. He is an Editor for the Journal of Climate.

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Tuesdays 9.30-10.30

Thursdays 9.30-10.30

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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


I am happy to hear from prospective PhD students or Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants interested in the above research areas.

Selected Publications

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


  • Xu, M., W. Tian, J. Zhang, J.A. Screen, J. Huang, K Qie & T. Wang, 2021: Distinct tropospheric and stratospheric contributions to late winter Eurasian cooling induced by Arctic sea-ice loss. Geophys. Res. Lett., in revision.
  • Smith, D., R. Eade, M. Andrews, H. Ayres, A. Clark, S. Chripko, C. Deser, N. Dunstone, J. Garcia-Serrano, G. Gastineau, L. Graff, S. Hardiman, B. He, L. Hermanson, T. Jung, J. Knight, X. Levine, G. Magnusdottir, E. Manzini, D. Matei, M. Mori, R. Msadek, P. Ortega, Y. Peings, A. Scaife, J.A. Screen, M. Seabrook, T. Semmler, M. Sigmond, J. Streffing, L. Sun & A. Walsh, 2021: Robust but weak winter atmospheric circulation response to future Arctic sea ice loss. Nature Communications, in revision.
  • McCrystall, M.R., J.C. Stroeve, M.C. Serreze, B.C. Forbes & J.A. Screen, 2021: New climate models reveal faster and larger increases in Arctic precipitation then previously projected. Nature Communications, in revision.
  • Zhang, J., W. Tian, J.A. Screen, M. Xu, C. Wang, X. Long, X. Zhou & F. Xie, 2021: Arctic sea-ice loss increases the risk of East Asia cold extremes by enhancing atmospheric fronts. Science Advances, in review.
  • Hay, S., P.J. Kushner, R. Blackport, K.E. McCusker, T. Oudar, L. Sun, M. England, C. Deser, J.A. Screen & L. Polvani, 2021: Separating the influences of low-latitude warming and sea-ice loss on Northern Hemisphere climate change. J. Clim., in revision.
  • Oltmanns, M., N.P. Holliday, J.A. Screen, D.G. Evans, S.A. Josey & B. Moat, 2021: North Atlantic freshwater events influence European weather in subsequent summers. Commun. Earth Environ., in review.
  • Zhang, T., K. van der Wiel, T. Wei, J.A. Screen, X. Yue, B. Zheng, F. Selten, R. Bintanja, R. Blackport, S. Glomsrod, Y. Liu, X. Cui & X. Yang, 2021: Increased wheat price spikes and larger economic inequality with 2 °C global warming. Nature Food, in review.
  • Screen, J.A., 2021: An ice-free Arctic: what could it mean for European weather? Weather, accepted.
  • Blackport, R., J.C. Fyfe & J.A. Screen, 2021: Decreasing subseasonal temperature variability in the northern extratropics attributed to human influence. Nature Geosci., accepted.
  • Xu, P., L. Wang, G. Vallis, R. Geen, J.A. Screen, P. Wu, S. Ding, P. Huang & W. Chen, 2021: Amplified waveguide teleconnections along the polar front jet favor temperature extremes over northern Eurasia. Geophys Res. Lett., 48, e2021GL093735,
  • Zhang, R. & J.A. Screen, 2021: Diverse Eurasian winter temperature responses to Barents-Kara sea ice anomalies of different magnitudes and seasonality. Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2021GL092726.
  • McCrystall, M. & J.A. Screen, 2021: Arctic winter temperature variations correlated with ENSO are dependent on coincidental sea ice changesGeophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2020GL091519.
  • Blackport, R. & J.A. Screen, 2021: Observed statistical connections overestimate the causal effects of Arctic sea-ice changes on midlatitude winter climate. J. Clim., 34, 3021-3038.