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James F. Booth
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2010
Research Interests: weather and climate change; climatology and dynamics of extratropical cyclones; impacts and extremes associated with extratropical cyclones; storm surge; flooding; wind
James F. Booth (nay Jimmy) is a climate scientist whose research is focused on the midlatitudes. He has a background in environmental science and mathematics and uses both to study weather patterns in the current and future climate. As an undergraduate, Jimmy performed research UNC-Chapel Hill that focused on the ice ages. Then he studied numerical fluid dynamics at University of Kentucky. He realized fluid dynamics plus earth science equates to geophysical fluid dynamics and went to University of Washington to study atmospherics science. Jimmy's Master's research examined the impact of mesoscale eddy mixing on North Atlantic deep water formation. His PhD research focused on the influence of the Gulf Stream on the Atmosphere. After finishing his PhD, Jimmy won a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship and moved to NYC to study extratropical cyclone dynamics with Anthony Del Genio at NASA GISS and Lorenzo Polvani at Columbia. Outside of work, Jimmy enjoys taking long strolls around the city with his family, as well as biking and soccer. He intends to get back into rock climbing, but has yet to overcome the gravitational pull of Manhattan.

Recent Publications:
Colle, B. A., J. F. Booth, E. K. M. Chang, 2015: A review of historical and future changes of extratropical cyclones and associated impacts along the U.S. east coast. Current Climate Change Reports. In Press.

Booth, J. F., L. Polvani, P. O’Gorman, and S. Wang, 2015: Effective Stability in a Moist Baroclinic Wave, Atmospheric Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/asl2.520.

Booth, J. F., C. Naud, A. D. Del Genio, 2013: Diagnosing warm frontal cloud formation in a GCM: A novel approach using conditional subsetting. Journal of Climate, 26, 5827-5845.

Booth, J. F., S. Wang, L. M. Polvani, 2013: Midlatitude storms in a moister world: lessons from idealized baroclinic life cycle experiments. Climate Dynamics, 41, 787 – 802, 10.1007/s00382-012-1472-3.

Booth, J. F., L. Thompson, J. Patoux, K. A. Kelly, S. Dickinson, 2010: The signature of the midlatitude tropospheric storm tracks in the surface winds. Journal of Climate. 23, 1160-1174.

Affiliations: NOAA CREST