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Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria


B.Sc. Mathematics, University of Regina, Canada, 1982

Ph.D. Meteorology, McGill University, Canada, 1987

Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, USA, 1987

Canadian Meteorology and Oceanography President's Prize, 2008

University of Victoria Craigdarroch Research Award (jointly awarded), 2008


John C. Fyfe

Senior Research Scientist - Global climate variability and climate change

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Understanding climate variability and climate change through analysis of climate model simulations and observations

  • Identification of the causes of climate change including effects on temperature, precipitation, sea-ice and atmospheric circulation
  • Stratosphere-troposphere coupling and the effects of ozone depletion on climate
  • The ocean carbon cycle and its interactions with climate change
  • The cause and consequence of observed changes in Arctic and Antractic sea ice
  • Efficacy and unintended consequences of geoengineering


Review Editor, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, Chapter 14

Member, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Geosciences Evaluation Group

Member, World Climate Research Programme Polar Climate Predictability Initiative

Member, Program Committee, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Member, Steering Committee, The Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution Network



Fyfe, J.C., N.P. Gillett and F.W. Zwiers (2013). Overestimated global warming the past two decades. Nature Climate Change, 3, doi:10.1038/nclimate1972.

Fyfe, J.C., K. von Salzen, N.P. Gillett, V.K. Arora, G.M. Flato and J.R. McConnell (2013). One hundred years of Arctic surface temperature variation due to anthropogenic influence. Nature Scientific Reports, 3, doi:10.1038/srep02645.

Gillett, N.P. and J.C. Fyfe (2013). Attribution of observed sea level pressure trends to greenhouse gas, aerosol and ozone changes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi: 10.1002/grl.50500.

Gillett, N.P. and J.C. Fyfe (2013). Annular mode changes in the CMIP5 simulations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi: 10.1002/grl.50249.

Fyfe, J.C., J.N.S. Cole, V.K. Arora and J.F. Scinocca (2013). Biogeochemical carbon coupling influences global precipitation in geoengineering experiments, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi: 10.1002/grl.50166.

Fyfe, J.C., K. Von Salzen, J.N.S. Cole and N.P. Gillett (2013). Surface response to background stratospheric aerosol changes in a coupled atmosphere-ocean model. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi: 10.1002/grl.50156.

Sigmond, M., J.C. Fyfe, G.M. Flato and W.J. Merryfield (2013). Seasonal forecast skill of Arctic sea ice area in a dynamical forecast system, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi: 10.1002/grl.50129.

Merryfield, W.J., W-S lee, G.J. Boer, V.V. Kharin, J.F. Scinocca, G.M. Flato, R.S. Ajayamohan and J.C. Fyfe. (2013). The Canadian Seasonal to Interannual Prediction System: I. Models and Initialization. Mon. Wea. Rev., doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-12-00216.1.

Kang, S.M., L.M. Polvani, J.C. Fyfe, S.-W. Son, M. Sigmond, and G.J.P. Correa (2013). Modelling evidence that ozone depletion has impacted extreme precipitation in the austral summer. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi: 10.1002/grl.50769.

Swart, N.C. and J.C Fyfe (2013). The influence of recent Antarctic ice-sheet retreat on simulated sea-ice area trends. Geophys. Res. Lett., in press.

Peng, Y., V.K. Arora, W.A. Kurz, R.A. Hember, B. Hawkins, J.C.   A.T. Werner (2013). Climate and atmospheric drivers of historical terrestrial carbon uptake in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Biogeosciences Discuss., 10, doi:10.5194/bgd-10-13603-2013.

Sigmond, M. and J.C. Fyfe (2013). The Antarctic sea ice response to the ozone hole in CMIP3 and CMIP5 models. In review.


Swart, N.C. and J. C. Fyfe (2012). Observed and simulated changes in the Southern Hemisphere surface westerly wind-stress, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, doi: 10.1029/2012GL052810.

Fyfe, J.C., N.P. Gillett and G.J. Marshall (2012). Human influence on extratropical Southern Hemisphere precipitation. Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, doi: 10.1029/2012GL054199.


Kang, S., L. Polvani, J.C. Fyfe, and M. Sigmond (2011). Impact of polar ozone depletion on subtropical precipitation, Science, 37, doi: 10.1029/GL2010044255.

Swart, N. and J.C Fyfe (2011). Ocean carbon uptake and storage influenced by wind bias in global climate models, Nature Climate Change, 2, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1289.

Sigmond, M., M. Reader, J. C. Fyfe, and N.P. Gillett (2011). Drivers of past and future Southern Ocean change: Stratospheric ozone verses greenhouse gas impacts. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, doi: 10.1029/2011GL047120.

Lienert, F., J.C. Fyfe and B. Merryfield (2011). Do climate models capture the tropical influences on North Pacific sea surface temperature? J. Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00205.1.

Fyfe, J.C., B. Merryfield, S. Kharin, G.J. Boer, W-S Lee, K-S von Salzen (2011). Skillful predictions of decadal trends in global mean surface temperature, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2011GL049508.


Yang, X., J.C. Fyfe and G.M. Flato (2010). The role of poleward energy transport in Arctic temperature evolution. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, doi: 10.1029/2010GL043934.

Spence, P., J.C. Fyfe, A. Montenegro and A.J. Weaver (2010). The Southern Ocean response to strengthening winds in an eddy-permitting global climate model. J. Climate, 23, 5332-5343.

Sigmond, M., J.C. Fyfe and J.F. Scinocca (2010). Does the ocean impact the atmospheric response to stratospheric ozone depletion? Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, doi: 10.1029/2010GL043773.

Sigmond, M. and J. C. Fyfe (2010). Has the ozone hole contributed to increased Antarctic sea ice extent? Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, doi: 10.1029/2010GL044301.

Fyfe, J.C., N.P. Gillett, and D.W.J. Thompson (2010). Comparing variability and trends in observed and modeled global-mean surface temperature, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, doi: 10.1029/GL2010044255.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Adaptation & Impacts
          Computer analysis and modelling
Arctic & Northern
     Climate Change and Processes
          Adaptation and impacts
     Climate Modelling
          Carbon budget
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