John E. Walsh




I am a professor emeritus in the Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Illinois.  I joined the faculty in 1974, after finishing my Ph.D. at M.I.T.  I have spent sabbaticals at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of Alaska/Fairbanks.


Link to: Arctic climate research at the University of Illinois


Courses I have taught at the University of Illinois:


ATMS 100:  Introduction to Meteorology


ATMS 120 :  Severe and Hazardous Weather


ATMS 222:  Weather Processes


ATMS 301:  Atmospheric Physics


ATMS 404:  Numerical Weather Prediction


ATMS 410:  Physical and Dynamical Oceanography


Courses I have taught at the University of Alaska:


ATMS 101:  Weather and Climate of Alaska


Recent book projects

I am a co-author of a college textbook, Severe and Hazardous Weather published by Kendall/Hunt.

I also co-authored an instructors guide and active learning exercise manual to accompany the Severe and Hazardous Weather textbook.

Presently, I am working on a book entitled Alaskan Weather, which is intended to introduce a broad audience to the high-latitude weather.

Other professional


Recent research projects:  Arctic climate, cold air outbreaks affecting middle latitudes, Antarctic temperature change, and the diagnosis of polar climate change in simulations by global climate models.

Lead author of the Polar Regions chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fourth Assessment Report (2004-2007); lead author of the snow/ice/hydrology chapter of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

Director, NOAA/Alaska Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research.

Member, Polar Research Board of the National Research Council.