James Booth

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Earth & Atmospheric Science

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Earth System Science and Environmental Engineering

Sustainability in the Urban Environment

CUNY-CREST Institute

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Weather
  • Climate Change
  • Storms


Marshak Science Building





Portrait of James Booth

James Booth

Research Interests

- Natural Hazards and Weather Extremes
- Climate Change
- Climate Model Analysis and Improvement (aka GCM evaluation)
- Atmospheric Physics, specifically: Midlatitude Dynamics such as Persistent Circulation Patterns


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

CV (pdf)

Motivation and Appreciation

My work is focused on improving our understanding 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. I chose to study Atmospheric science because I was interested pursuing questions about geophysical fluid dynamics. As my career at CCNY has evolved, my interests have grown. I now spend more time considering the societal impacts of the weather and climate physics that I study. 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. 

I am also very interested in helping to diversify the earth sciences community. I love working at CCNY because the students that I teach and mentor come from diverse backgrounds and bring rich new perspectives. Or to say it another way: in my time at CCNY, I've learned as much from the students as I've taught. 

Here is an alternative photo of me that captures more attitude (btw, I love layering jackets).

Portrait 2 James Booth
Representing for the Division of Science!