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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., J. Cassano, M. Holland, M. Serreze, and P. Uotilla, 2008. Synoptically Forced Hydroclimatology of Major Arctic Watersheds in General Circulation Models, Part 1: the Mackenzie River Basin. Int. J. Climatology, in press.

Finnis, J., J. Cassano, M. Holland, M. Serreze, and P. Uotilla, 2008. Synoptically Forced Hydroclimatology of Major Arctic Watersheds in General Circulation Models, Part 2: Eurasian Drainage. Int. J. Climatology, in press.

Schuenemann, K.C., J.J. Cassano, and J. Finnis, 2008. Forcing of precipitation over Greenland: Synoptic Climatology for 1961 to1999. J. of Hydrometeorology, in press.

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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