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
Teaching in 2016
ENVI 214 - Environment and Resources: New Zealand Perspectives
ENVI 314 - Advanced Environment and Resources: Global Issues
GEOG 214 - Environment and Resources: New Zealand Perspectives
GEOG 220 - Hydrology and Climate
GEOG 314 - Advanced Environment and Resources: Global Issues
GEOG 321 - Ice and Climate
PHYG 413 - General Circulation of the Atmosphere
BSc (Hons), Mathematics, Canterbury, (1977); MSc, Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington, (1989); PhD, Atmospheric Sciences, U. Washington (Seattle) (1995).
Publications from 1995 - Now
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.