James Booth

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Earth & Atmospheric Science

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Earth System Science and Environmental Engineering

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Weather
  • Climate Change
  • Storms


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James Booth


B.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2000
M.S. Applied Math, University of Kentucky, 2003
M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, 2005
PhD Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, 2010

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Research Interests

- Hazards, Extremes and Climatic Changes associated with Wintertime Storms
- Climate model Analysis and Improvement
- Atmospheric Physics, specifically: Midlatitude Dynamics such as Persistent Circulation Patterns

Additional Information

My work is focused on the overlapping nature of weather and climate. While it is true that climate is the statistics of weather, the interpretation of the statistics is subtle - especially when extreme events are involved. After my Math Masters, I chose to study Atmospheric science because I knew it had rich questions about geophysical fluid dynamics.  However, I soon learned that there are interesting issues related to applied math and many opportunities for utilizing  scientific programming. 


The work that I pursue is applicable to near-term weather hazard preparedness and long-term climate adaptation. I am lucky to be in a field in which I get to pursue unique physics problems while simultaneously working to help solve real-life problems that impact society.