School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Prof James Renwick

School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Phone: 04 463 4719
Location: Room 206, Cotton Building, Gate 7 Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Prof James Renwick


BSc (Hons), Mathematics, Canterbury, (1977); MSc, Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington, (1989); PhD, Atmospheric Sciences, U. Washington (Seattle) (1995).


Publications from 1995 - Now

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the general circulation of the atmosphere – how the atmosphere transports energy and momentum and what it does to achieve this. In particular I am interested in how heating in the tropics is communicated to higher latitudes by the excitation of large-scale waves and how this affects the storm tracks and jet streams. In recent years I have developed an interest in Antarctic climate, especially the growth and decay of Antarctic sea ice. How does the atmospheric circulation (the wind) affect sea ice extent? How this can be tied back to tropical influences?

I am also involved with climate prediction work, from months to centuries. I have been involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change process for several years, and I speak regularly to the media on climate change issues.

I have a general background in atmospheric physics, plus mathematics and statistics and have broad interests most aspects of climate, from the distant past to the near future. This includes paleoclimate reconstruction, synoptic climatology, the climate of New Zealand, climate modelling, climate change, and the use of statistical and matrix techniques to analyse large data sets.

Dr James Renwick CV 2015 (PDF 305KB)