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Dr. John Fyfe

Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

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Research Scientist
Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis
SCI A245
Telephone: 250-363-8236
Fax: 250-363-8247
Email:John.Fyfe@ec.gc.ca

Biography

  • Dr. John Fyfe is a Research Scientist with the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis of Environment Canada, located at the University of Victoria where he is an Adjunct Professor. He is an internationally recognized researcher into climate variability and climate change and was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report. He was a contributing author of the Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment, the Canadian Arctic Contaminants Assessment, and is a recent appointee to the British Columbia Premier's Climate Action Team. He received his PhD in Meteorology from McGill University.
  • Profile on Environment Canada Website

Research Interests

  • Links to recent publications can be found below under "Publications"
  • Analysis of climate variability and change in observations and models
  • Analyses leading to the understanding of atmospheric jet variability

Education

  • 1982, B.Sc. Mathematics, University of Regina, Canada.
  • 1987, Ph.D. Meteorology, McGill University, Canada.
  • 1987-89, Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, USA

Awards

  • Recipient of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society President's Prize for the year 2009 for "substantive contributions to our understanding of climate variability and change, especially as expressed in the polar regions".
  • Co-recipient of the Environment Canada Citation of Excellence for Teamwork, Partnering and Collaboration for the year 2008 in "recognition of outstanding dedication and internationally recognized contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change".
  • Co-recipient of the University of Victoria Craigdarroch Award for Societal Contributions for the year 2007.

Presentations (since 2007)

2010

  • Can Climate Models be Trusted? University of Victoria, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Victoria, BC, Canada. January 27, 2010.

2009

  • Global Climate Change and Ocean Dynamics
    University of British Columbia, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Vancouver, BC, Canada. November 26, 2009.
  • Annular Variability and Change
    Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic 43rd Congress, Halifax, NS, Canada. June 4, 2009.
  • Global Climate Change
    Oak Bay High, Oak Bay, BC, Canada. April 29, 2009.
  • The Role of the Arctic in the Global Climate System
    The Aspen Commission on Arctic Climate Change, Monte Carlo, Monaco, April 17, 2009.
  • Global Climate Change
    Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, USA. February 4, 2009.
  • The Human Influence on the Global Ocean
    Whitman College, Walla Walla. Washington, USA. February 3, 2009.
  • The What, Where and Why of Global Climate Change
    Conference on Climate Change and Disasters, Douglas Institute, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. January 30, 2009.
  • The Impact of a Human Induced Shift in North Pacific Circulation on North American Surface Climate
    Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. January 29, 2009.
  • Impacts of Global Climate Change on the Pacific Northwest
    Bunting Coady Architects, Vancouver, BC, Canada. January 22, 2009.

2008

  • Global Climate Change and Our Shifting Patterns of Planetary Circulation
    School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. December 2, 2008.
  • Global Climate Change
    Saskatchewan Crown Counsel Association, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. October 9, 2008.
  • Climate Model Evaluation and Application
    55th Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference, Fallen Leaf Lake, California, USA. October 23-26, 2008.
  • Global Climate Change
    Delta School District, Delta, British Columbia, Canada. August 27, 2008.
  • The Future Of Climate Change Science
    Cafe Scientifique, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. May 27, 2008.
  • Anthropogenic Speed-up of Oceanic Planetary Waves
    International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans, Gijon, Spain, May 19, 2008.
  • Negative Feedback of Southern Hemisphere Winds on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
    International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans, Gijon, Spain, May 20, 2008.
  • Global Climate Change
    Postdoctoral Association Symposium, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. April 25, 2008.
  • Various Panel Discussions
    Aspen Environment Forum (co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute and National Geographic Magazine), Aspen, Colorado, USA. March 26 - 28, 2008.
  • Global Climate Change
    North Cowichan Forum on Climate Change, North Cowichan, BC, Canada. March 13, 2008.
  • The Science of Climate Change
    Columbia Institute Symposium on Climate Change for Education, Vancouver, BC, Canada. January 24, 2008.

2007

  • Global Climate Change
    Claremont Seconday School, Victoria, BC, Canada. December 13, 2007.
  • Global Climate Change
    Air and Waste Management Association, Victoria, BC, Canada. November 27, 2007.
  • Climate Change Research
    Occupational Health Safety and Environment Office, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. November 13, 2007.
  • The Science of Climate Change
    Business for Social Responsibility Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA. October 25, 2007.
  • The Human Cause and Global Consequence of Southern Ocean Warming
    Joint SCAR-CliC-IASC-ICPM Sponsored Workshop on Recent High Latitude Climate Change, Seattle, WA, USA. October 23, 2007.
  • The Science of Climate Change
    Oak Bay Emergency Program, Oak Bay, BC, Canada. October 9, 2007.
  • The Global Impacts of Climate Change
    Nike Corporation, Portland, OR, USA. July 17, 2007.
  • The Science of Climate Change
    Annual meeting of provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture. Whistler, BC, Canada. June 27, 2007.
  • Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
    Resource Development and Northern Transportation Conference. Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. May 29, 2007.
  • The Science of Climate Change
    Fourth International Colloquium on International Law and Climate Change, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. May 21, 2007.
  • The Science and Regional Impacts of Climate Change
    BC Ministry of the Environment, Nanoose, BC, Canada. May 7, 2007.
  • Human Induced Change in Winter Cyclone Frequency and Intensity
    European Geophysical Union Assembly, Vienna, Austria. April 20, 2007.
  • The Human Cause and Global Consequence of Southern Ocean Warming
    European Geophysical Union Assembly, Vienna, Austria. April 18, 2007.
  • Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
    City of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. April 10, 2007.
  • Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
    Nike Corporation, Portland, OR, USA. April 5, 2007.
  • Human Influence on the Global Ocean
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. March 30, 2007.
  • Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
    District of Saanich, Saanich, BC, Canada. March 28, 2007.
  • Human Influence on the Global Ocean
    Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sydney, BC, Canada. February 20, 2007.

Publications

Journal Articles (since 1999)

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1999

Miscellaneous Reports (since 1999)

  • Randall, D.A., R.A., Wood, S. Bony, R. Colman, T. Fichefet, J. Fyfe, V. Kattsov, A. Pitman, J. Shulkla, J. Srinivasan, R.J. Stouffer, A. Sumi and K.E. Taylor, 2007: Climate Models and Their Evaluation. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., S. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.
  • McBean, G.A., G. Alekseev, D. Chen, E. Forland, J.C. Fyfe, P.Y. Groisman, R. King, H. Melling, R. Vose and P. H. Whitfield, 2005: 2. Arctic Climate: Past and Present. In Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. Cambridge University Press, 21-60.
  • MacDonald R., T. Harner, J.C. Fyfe, 2003: D.1 The interaction of climate change within contaminant pathways to and within the Canadian Arctic. In the Canadian Arctic Contaminant Assessment Report II.
  • Macdonald, R.W., T. Harner, J.C. Fyfe, H. Loeng and T. Weingartner, 2003. AMAP Assessment, 2002. The influence of global change on contaminant pathways to, within, and from the Arctic. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway, xii + 65 pp.