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Prof James Screen

Associate Professor in Climate Science


Telephone: 01392 726408

Extension: (Streatham) 6408

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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.

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.


  • van der Wiel, K, F.M. Selten, R. Bintanja, R. Blackport & J.A. Screen, 2018: Extreme impacts from moderate meteorological conditions: the benefits of ensemble climate-impact modelling. Bull. Amer. Metereol. Soc., submitted.
  • Screen, J.A., T.J. Bracegirdle & I. Simmonds, 2018: Polar climate change as manisfest in atmospheric circulation. Curr. Clim. Change Rep., submitted.
  • Smith, D.M., J.A. Screen, C. Deser, J. Cohen, J. Fyfe, J. Garcia-Serrano, T. Jung, V. Kattsov, D. Matei, R. Msadek, Y. Peings, M. Sigmond, J. Ukita, J.-H. Yoon & X. Zhang, 2018: The Polar Amplification Model Intercomparison Project (PAMIP) contribution to CMIP6: investigating the causes and consequences of polar amplification. Geosci. Model Dev., submitted.
  • Blackport, R., J.A. Screen, K. van der Wiel & R. Bintanja, 2018: Cold winters in mid-latitudes coincident with but not caused by reduced Arctic sea ice, Nature Geosci., submitted.
  • Screen, J.A., 2018: Arctic sea ice at 1.5 and 2°C, Nature Clim. Change, in press.
  • Screen, J.A., C. Deser, D.M. Smith, X. Zhang, R. Blackport, P.J. Kushner, T. Oudar, K.E. McCusker & L. Sun, 2018: Consistency and discrepancy in the atmospheric response to Arctic sea ice loss across climate models, Nature Geosci., 11, 153-163.
  • Kelleher, M. & J.A. Screen, 2018: Atmospheric precursors of and response to anomalous Arctic sea ice in CMIP5 models, Adv. Atmos. Sci., 35, 27-37.