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Joel Finnis

Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

 

Office: SN 1043
Tel: (709) 864-8987
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: jfinnis@mun.ca

 

Research Interests:

My research falls into the broad category of synoptic climatology, which blends a meteorological emphasis on day-to-day variability with the generalization of climatology. I use this perspective to study climate dynamics, change, and prediction, with an emphasis on Arctic processes. General goals include:

1) Merging observations and model output to validate model data, quantify uncertainty in climate projections, and understand climate processes.

2) Quantifying and exploiting predictability in the climate system.

3) Refining weather and climate forecasts

4) Improving the communication of climate projections to non-specialists.

Current research projects include an investigation of Arctic sea ice loss and variability, and interpreting climate projections for the purposes of climate adaptation efforts in Newfoundland.

Recent Publications

Finnis, J., A. Sarkar, M. Stoddart. In press. Bridging science and community
knowledge? The complicating role of natural variability in perceptions of
climate change. Global Environmental Change, in press.

Finnis, J., T. Bell. In press. An analysis of recent observed climate trends and
variability in Labrador. Canadian Geographer, in press.

Finnis, J., W. Hsieh, H. Lin, W. Merryfield. 2012. Nonlinear post-processing of
numerical seasonal forecasts. Atmosphere-Ocean, 50, 207-218.
doi:10.1080/07055900.2012.667388

Finnis, J., J. Cassano, M. Holland, M. Serreze, and P. Uotilla. 2009.
Synoptically Forced Hydroclimatology of Major Arctic Watersheds in
General Circulation Models, Part 1: the Mackenzie River Basin. Int. J.
Climatology, 29, 1226-1243. doi:10.1002/joc.1753

Finnis, J., J. Cassano, M. Holland, M. Serreze, and P. Uotilla. 2009.
Synoptically Forced Hydroclimatology of Major Arctic Watersheds in
General Circulation Models, Part 2: Eurasian Drainage. Int. J.
Climatology, 29, 1244-1261. doi:10.1002/joc.1769

Schuenemann, K.C., J.J. Cassano, and J. Finnis. 2008. Forcing of precipitation
over Greenland: Synoptic Climatology for 1961 to 1999. J. of
Hydrometeorology, 10, 60-78. doi:10.1175/2008JHM1014.1

Finnis, J., M.M. Holland, M.C. Serreze, and J.J. Cassano. 2007. Response of Northern Hemisphere Extratropical Cyclone Activity and Associated Precipitation to Climate Change, as Represented by CCSM3. J. Geophys. Res., 112, G04S55.

Holland, M.M., J. Finnis, A. Barrett and M.C. Serreze. 2007. Projected changes in Arctic Ocean freshwater budgets, J. Geophys. Res., 112, G04S55.

Holland, M.M., J. Finnis, and M.C. Serreze. 2006. Simulated Arctic Ocean freshwater budgets in the 20th and 21st centuries, J. Climate, 19, 6221-6242.

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