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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.


  • Deser, C., F. Lehner, K. Rodgers, T. Ault, T. Delworth, P.N. DiNezio, A. Fiore, C. Frankignoul, J.C. Fyfe, D.E. Horton, J.E. Kay, R. Knutti, N. Lovenduski, J. Marotzke, K. A. McKinnon, S. Minobe, J. Randerson, J.A. Screen, I.R. Simpson & M. Ting, 2019: Strength in numbers: the utility of initial-condition large ensembles with multiple Earth system models. Nature Clim. Change, submitted.
  • Osborne, J.M., M. Collins, J.A. Screen, S.I. Thomson & N. Dunstone, 2019: The North Atlantic as a driver of summer atmospheric circulation. J. Clim., submitted.
  • Blackport, R. & J.A. Screen, 2019: Insignificant effect of Arctic amplification on the amplitude of mid-latitude atmospheric waves. Sci. Adv., submitted.
  • van der Wiel, K., H. Bloomfield, R. Lee, L. Stoop, R. Blackport, J.A. Screen & F. Selten, 2019: The influence of weather regimes on European renewable energy production and demand. Environ. Res. Lett., in revision.
  • Ayres, H. & J.A. Screen, 2019: Multi-model analysis of the atmospheric response to Antarctic sea ice loss at quadrupled CO2. Geophys. Res. Lett., in revision. 
  • Screen, J.A. & R. Blackport, 2019: Do models underestimate Eurasian cooling in response to Arctic sea-ice loss? Nature Clim. Change, submitted.  
  • Kelleher, M., B. Ayarzagüena & J.A. Screen, 2019: Inter-seasonal connections between the timing of the stratospheric final warming and Arctic sea ice. J. Clim., in revision.
  • Blackport, R., J.A. Screen, K. van der Wiel & R. Bintanja, 2019: Minimal influence of reduced Arctic sea ice on coincident cold winters in mid-latitudes. Nature Clim. Change, accepted.
  • Kolstad, E.W. & J.A. Screen, 2019: Non-stationary relationship between autumn Arctic sea ice and the winter North Atlantic Oscillation. Geophys. Res. Lett., accepted.
  • Blackport, R. & J.A. Screen, 2019: Influence of Arctic sea-ice loss in autumn compared to that in winter on the atmospheric circulation. Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, 2213-2221.
  • Screen, J.A. & C. Deser, 2019: Pacific Ocean variability influences the time of emergence of a seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean. Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, 2222-2231.
  • 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, 2019: The Polar Amplification Model Intercomparison Project (PAMIP) contribution to CMIP6: investigating the causes and consequences of polar amplification. Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 1139-1164.