Biography

I am a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
My research is in dynamical and physical processes with the coupled climate system; in particular mesoscale dynamical meteorology and boundary-layer meteorology.  I am interested in real weather systems: what they look like, how they work physically and how we can describe them mathematically.  Hopefully such work will lead to a better understanding of the climate system and improvements in forecasting and modelling the atmosphere and ocean.

Website:https://www.uea.ac.uk/~e046/

 

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences.  However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

 

Career History

  • 2010-present: Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
    • 2010-2013: Director of Research for the School.
  • 2006-2010: Reader, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
    • 2008-2010: Head of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences sector
    • 2008: Visiting Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto.
    • 2004-2006: Certificate in Higher Education Practice, UEA
  • 2004-2006: Lecturer, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
  • 1998-2004: Research Scientist, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cambridge
  • 1995-1998: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1992-1995: PhD in Meteorology, University of Reading
  • 1987-1991: BSc (Hons) in Mathematics (First Class), University of Edinburgh

All Publications

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King, J. C., Kirchgaessner, A., Bevan, S., Elvidge, A. D., Kuipers Munneke, P., Luckman, A., Orr, A., Renfrew, I. A., van de Broeke, M. R.

(2017)

The impact of föhn winds on surface energy balance during the 2010-11 melt season over Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica,

in Journal of Geophysical Research

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Poulidis, A. P., Takemi, T., Iguchi, M., Renfrew, I.

(2017)

Orographic effects on the transport and deposition of volcanic ash: A case study of Mt. Sakurajima, Japan,

in Journal of Geophysical Research

122

(17)

pp. 9332–9350

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Verezemskaya, P., Tilinina, N., Gulev, S., Renfrew, I. A., Lazzara, M.

(2017)

Southern Ocean mesocyclones and polar lows from manually tracked satellite mosaics,

in Geophysical Research Letters

44

(15)

pp. 7985–7993

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Sergeev, D. E., Renfrew, I. A., Spengler, T., Dorling, S. R.

(2017)

Structure of a shear-line polar low,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

143

(702)

pp. 12–26

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Heywood, K. J., Biddle, L. C., Boehme, L., Dutrieux, P., Fedak, M., Jenkins, A., Jones, R. W., Kaiser, J., Mallett, H., Garabato, A. C. N., Renfrew, I. A., Stevens, D. P., Webber, B. G. M.

(2016)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: The Role of the Amundsen Sea Continental Shelf in Exchanges Between Ocean and Ice Shelves,

in Oceanography

29

(4)

pp. 118-129

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Young, G., M. Jones, H., Choularton, T., Crosier, J., Bower, K. N., Gallagher, M. W., Davies, R. S., Renfrew, I., Elvidge, A., Darbyshire, E., Marenco, F., Brown, P. R. A., Ricketts, H. M. A., Connolly, P., Lloyd, G., Williams, P. I., Allan, J. D., Taylor, J. W., Liu, D., Flynn, M. J.

(2016)

Observed microphysical changes in Arctic mixed-phase clouds when transitioning from sea ice to open ocean,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

16

pp. 13945-13967

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Jung, T., Gordon, N. D., Bauer, P., Bromwich, D. H., Chevallier, M., Day, J. J., Dawson, J., Doblas-Reyes, F., Fairall, C., Goessling, H. F., Holland, M., Inoue, J., Iversen, T., Klebe, S., Lemke, P., Losch, M., Makshtas, A., Mills, B., Nurmi, P., Perovich, D., Reid, P., Renfrew, I., Smith, G., Svensson, G., Tolstykh, M., Yang, Q.

(2016)

Advancing polar prediction capabilities on daily to seasonal time scales,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

97

(9)

pp. 1631–1647

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Spengler, T., Renfrew, I. A., Terpstra, A., Tjernström, M., Screen, J., Brooks, I. M., Carleton, A., Chechin, D., Chen, L., Doyle, J., Esau, I., Hezel, P. J., Jung, T., Kohyama, T., Lüpkes, C., Mccusker, K. E., Nygård, T., Sergeev, D., Shupe, M. D., Sodemann, H., Vihma, T.

(2016)

High-Latitude Dynamics of Atmosphere–Ice–Ocean Interactions,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

97

pp. ES179-ES182

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Moore, G., Bromwich, D., Wilson, A., Renfrew, I., Bai, L.

(2016)

Arctic System Reanalysis improvements in topographically forced winds near Greenland,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

142

(698)

pp. 2033–2045

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Jones, R., Renfrew, I., Orr, A., Webber, B., Holland, D., Lazzara, M.

(2016)

Evaluation of four global reanalysis products using in-situ observations in the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica,

in Journal of Geophysical Research

121

(11)

pp. 6240–6257

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Poulidis, A., Renfrew, I., Matthews, A.

(2016)

Thermally induced convective circulation and precipitation over an isolated volcano,

in Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

73

(4)

pp. 1667-1886

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Elvidge, A. D., Renfrew, I. A.

(2016)

The Causes of Foehn Warming in the Lee of Mountains,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

93

(7)

pp. 455-466

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Elvidge, A., Renfrew, I., Weiss, A. I., Brooks, I. M., Lachlan-Cope, T. A., King, J. C.

(2016)

Observations of surface momentum exchange over the marginal ice zone and recommendations for its parametrisation,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 1545-1563

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Elvidge, A., Renfrew, I., King, J., Orr, A., Lachlan-Cope, T.

(2016)

Foehn warming distributions in nonlinear and linear flow regimes: a focus on the Antarctic Peninsula,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

142

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pp. 618-631

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Moore, G., Vage, K., Pickart, R., Renfrew, I.

(2015)

Open-ocean convection becoming less intense in the Greenland and Iceland Seas,

in Nature Climate Change

5

pp. 877-882

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Moore, G., Renfrew, I., Harden, B., Mernild, S. H.

(2015)

The impact of resolution on the representation of Greenland barrier winds and katabatic flows,

in Geophysical Research Letters

42

(8)

pp. 3011–3018

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Harden, B., Renfrew, I., Petersen, G. N.

(2015)

Meteorological buoy observations from the central Iceland Sea,

in Journal of Geophysical Research

120

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pp. 3199-3208

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Elvidge, A. D., Renfrew, I. A., King, J. C., Orr, A., Lachlan-Cope, T. A., Weeks, M., Gray, S. L.

(2015)

Foehn jets over the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

141

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pp. 698-713

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Vaughan, G., Methven, J., Anderson, D., Antonescu, B., Baker, L., Baker, T. P., Ballard, S. P., Bower, K. N., Brown, P. R. A., Chagnon, J., Choularton, T. W., Chylik, J., Connolly, P. J., Cook, P., Cotton, R. J., Crosier, J., Dearden, C., Dorsey, J. R., Frame, T. H. A., Gallagher, M. W., Goodliff, M., Gray, S. L., Harvey, B. J., Knippertz, P., Lean, H. W., Li, D., Lloyd, G., Martínez–Alvarado, O., Nicol, J., Norris, J., Öström, E., Owen, J., Parker, D. J., Plant, R. S., Renfrew, I. A., Roberts, N. M., Rosenberg, P., Rudd, A. C., Schultz, D. M., Taylor, J. P., Trzeciak, T., Tubbs, R., Vance, A. K., Van Leeuwen, P. J., Wellpott, A., Woolley, A.

(2015)

Cloud Banding and Winds in Intense European Cyclones: Results from the DIAMET Project,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

96

(2)

pp. 249-265

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Cook, P. A., Renfrew, I. A.

(2015)

Aircraft-based observations of air-sea turbulent fluxes around the British Isles: Observations of Air-Sea Fluxes,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

141

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pp. 139–152

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Key Research Interests

My research is on weather and climate processes, in particular mesoscale and boundary-layer meteorology and interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean or land-surface.  I focus on the high latitudes - both the Arctic and Antarctic - where climate change is predicted to be greatest.  My research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, covering both meteorology and oceanography; while my research methods include analysis of observational data from field campaigns and state-of-the-art numerical modelling.  I have well-established collaborations with scientists in Canada, USA, Norway and Iceland (indeed more than three-quarters of my publications are with international authors), as well as at several UK Universities, BAS and the Met Office.


Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Professional Activities

  • Founding member of the Scientific Steering Group of the World Meteorological Organisation's WWRP/Thorpex Polar Predictability Project 2011-present
  • Co-Chair Scientific Steering Group of the Met Office and NERC's Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme (JWCRP) 2012 to 2013
  • Member of the Operations Committee of the Met Office and NERC's Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Management 2011-2012
  • International member of US CLIVAR's Working Group on High Latitude Surface Fluxes 2008-present

Key Responsibilities

  • Director of Research for the School of Environmental Sciences (till December 2013)
  • REF2014, UoA7 Coordinator