Camille Li

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Research Leader, Global climate
Executive Editor, Weather and Climate Dynamics
camille (at)
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Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
Allégaten 70, 5007 Bergen, Norway
Phone: +47 55 58 37 05

Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2007.

cv (last updated: January 2020)

My research focuses on the large-scale dynamics of the atmosphere and how its interactions with other components of the climate system (ocean, sea ice, land ice) drive climate variability over a wide range of time scales. Current topics of interest include internal variability of atmospheric jets and storm tracks, teleconnections to the midlatitudes from the Arctic and the tropics, the atmospheric circulation under global warming, and abrupt climate events during past glacial periods.


Hari Ramesh, PhD student, UiB, 2021-
Stina Olandersson, PhD student, UiB, 2018-
Fabio Mangini, PhD student, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, 2017-
Dandan Tao, researcher, UiB

Etienne Dunn-Sigouin, postdoc (current position: researcher, NORCE Climate)
Peter Yu Feng Siew, PhD 2021 (current position: postdoc, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
Erica Madonna, postdoc (current position: researcher, Swiss Federal Office of Energy)
Fumiaki Ogawa, researcher (current position: assistant professor, Hokkaido University)
Clio Michel, postdoc (current position: researcher, UiB)
Sebastian Schemm, postdoc (current position: assistant professor, ETH Zurich)
Laura Ciasto, postdoc (current position: meteorologist, Climate Prediction Center/NOAA)
Aleksi Nummelin, PhD 2016 (current position: researcher, NORCE Climate)
Zhongshi Zhang, postdoc (current position: senior researcher, NORCE Climate)
Helene Asbjørnsen, MS 2016 (current position: postdoc, UiB)
Raymond Sellevold, MS 2015 (current position: meteorologist, Agder Energi)
Svetlana Sorokina, PhD 2014 (current position: research adviser, UiB)
Ingo Bethke, PhD 2012 (current position: researcher, UiB)
Francesco Pausata, PhD 2010 (current position: professor, Université de Québec à Montréal)

Nansen Legacy, Research Council of Norway, 2018-2023

Constraining the Large Uncertainties in Earth System Model Projections with a Big Data Approach (COLUMBIA), Research Council of Norway FRINATEK, 2018-2022

Dynamics of Arctic-Midlatitude Teleconnections: mechanisms, robustness and tropical modulation (DynAMiTe), Research Council of Norway KLIMAFORSK, 2016-2020

Atmospheric jet variability: linking STRucture, Evolution And Mechanisms (jetSTREAM), Research Council of Norway FRIPRO, 2014-2018

  • Outten, S., C. Li, M.P. King, L. Suo, P.Y.F. Siew et al., Reconciling conflicting evidence for the cause of the observed early 21st century Eurasian cooling, WCDD, in review. link

  • Smedsrud, L.H., et al., Nordic Seas heat loss, Atlantic inflow, and Arctic sea ice cover over the last century, Rev. Geophys., 60, e2020RG000725, 2022. link

  • Michel, C., E. Madonna, C. Spensberger, C. Li and S. Outten, Dynamical drivers of Greenland blocking in climate models, WCD, 2, 1131-1148, 2021. link

  • Madonna, E., D.S. Battisti, C. Li and R. White, Reconstructing winter climate anomalies in the Euro-Atlantic sector using circulation regimes, WCD, 2, 777-794, 2021. link

  • King, M.P., C. Li and S. Sobolowski, Resampling of ENSO to Northern Hemisphere teleconnections, WCD, 2, 759-776, 2021. link

  • Siew, P.Y.F., C. Li, M. Ting, S.P. Sobolowski, Y. Wu and X. Chen, North Atlantic Oscillation in winter is largely insensitive to autumn Barents-Kara sea ice variability, Sci. Adv., 7, 2021. link

  • Seidenglanz, A., P. Athanasiadis, P. Ruggieri, I. Cvijanovic, C. Li and S. Gualdi, Pacific circulation response to eastern Arctic sea ice reduction in seasonal forecast simulations, Clim. Dyn., 2021. link

  • Dunn-Sigouin, E., C. Li and P.J. Kushner, Limited influence of localized tropical sea-surface temperatures on moisture transport into the Arctic, GRL, 48, e2020GL091549, 2021. link

  • Mangini, F., L. Chafik, E. Madonna, C. Li, L. Bertino and J.E.Ø. Nilsen, The relationship between the eddy-driven jet stream and northern European sea level variability, Tellus A, 73, 1-15, 2021. link

  • Madonna, E., G. Hes, C. Li, C. Michel and P.Y.F. Siew, Control of Barents Sea Wintertime Cyclone Variability by Large-Scale Atmospheric Flow, GRL, 47, e2020GL090322, 2020. link

  • Siew, P.Y.F., C. Li, S. Sobolowski and M.P. King, Intermittency of Arctic-midlatitude teleconnections: stratospheric pathway between autumn sea ice and the winter NAO, WCD, 1, 261-275, 2020. link

  • Michel, C., C. Li, I.R. Simpson, I. Bethke, M.P. King and S. Sobolowski, The change in the ENSO teleconnection under a low global warming scenario and the uncertainty due to internal variability, J. Climate, 33, 4871-4889, 2020. link

  • Eldevik, T., L.H. Smedsrud, C. Li, M. Årthun, E. Madonna, L. Svendsen, The Arctic Mediterranean. Interacting Climates of Ocean Basins: Observations, Mechanisms, Predictability, and Impacts, C.R. Mechoso, Ed., Cambridge University Press, 2020. link

  • Hell, M., T. Schneider and C. Li, Atmospheric circulation response to short-term Arctic warming in an idealized model, J. Atmos. Sci., 77, 531-549, 2020. link

  • Madonna, E., C. Li and J.J. Wettstein, Suppressed eddy driving during southward excursions of the North Atlantic jet on synoptic to seasonal time scales, Atmos. Sci. Lett., 20:e937, 2019. link

  • Roberts, W.H.G, C. Li and P.J. Valdes, The mechanisms that determine the response of the Northern Hemisphere's stationary waves to North American Ice Sheets, J. Climate., 32, 3917-3940, 2019. link

  • Graff, L.S. et al., The "NorESM1-Happi" used for evaluating the role of ocean and sea-ice feedbacks under global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C, Earth Syst. Dynam., 10, 569-598, 2019. link

  • Li, C. and A. Born, Coupled atmosphere-ice-ocean dynamics in Dansgaard-Oeschger events, QSR, 203, 1-20, 2019. link

  • Schemm, S., G. Rivière, L. Ciasto and C. Li, Extratropical cyclogenesis changes in connection with tropospheric ENSO teleconnections to the North Atlantic: Role of stationary and transient waves, J. Atmos. Sci., 75, 3943-3964, 2018. link

  • Tandon, N.F., P.J. Kushner, D. Docquier, J.J. Wettstein and C. Li, Reassessing the role of sea ice drift in Arctic sea ice loss, JGR, 123, 4338-4359, 2018. link

  • King, M.P., I. Herceg-Bulić, I. Bladé, J. García-Serrano, N. Keenlyside, F. Kucharski, C. Li and S. Sobolowski, Importance of late fall ENSO teleconnection in the Euro-Atlantic sector, BAMS, 99, 1337-1343, 2018. link

  • Li, C., C. Michel, L.S. Graff, I. Bethke, G. Zappa, T.J. Bracegirdle, E. Fischer, B. Harvey, T. Iversen, M.P. King, H. Krishnan, L. Lierhammer, D. Mitchell, J. Scinocca, H. Shiogama, D.A. Stone and J.J. Wettstein, Midlatitude atmospheric circulation responses under 1.5 °C and 2.0 °C warming and implications for regional impacts, Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 359-382, 2018. link

  • Woollings, T., E.A. Barnes, B. Hoskins, Y.-O. Kwon, R. Lee, C. Li, E. Madonna, M. McGraw, T. Parker, R. Rodrigues, C. Spensberger and K. Williams, Daily to decadal modulation of jet variability, J. Climate, 31, 1297-1314, 2018. link

  • Madonna, E., C. Li, C. Grams and T. Woollings, The link between eddy-driven jet variability and weather regimes in the North Atlantic-European sector, QJRMS, 143, 2960-2972, 2017. link

  • Spensberger, C., T. Spengler and C. Li, Upper tropospheric jet axis detection and application to the boreal winter 2013/14, Mon. Wea. Rev., 145, 2363-2374, 2017. link

  • Nummelin, A., C. Li and P.J. Hezel, Connecting ocean heat transport changes from the mid-latitudes to the Arctic Ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 1899-1908, 2017. link

  • Sellevold, R., S. Sobolowski and C. Li, Investigating possible Arctic-midlatitude teleconnections in a linear framework, J. Climate, 29, 7329-7343, 2016. link

  • Ciasto, L.M., C. Li, J.J. Wettstein and N.G. Kvamstø, North Atlantic storm track sensitivity to projected sea surface temperature: local versus remote influences, J. Climate, 29, 6973-6991, 2016. link

  • Schemm, S., L. Ciasto, C. Li and N.G. Kvamstø, Influence of tropical Pacific sea surface temperature on the genesis of Gulf Stream cyclones, J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 4203-4214, 2016. link

  • Shaw, T.A., M. Baldwin, E.A. Barnes, R. Caballero, C.I. Garfinkel, Y.-T. Hwang, C. Li, P.A. O’Gorman, G. Rivière, I.R. Simpson and A. Voigt, Storm track processes and the opposing influences of climate change, Nature Geosci., 9, 656-664, 2016. link or read-only version

  • Nummelin, A., M. Ilicak, C. Li, L.H. Smedsrud, Consequences of future increased Arctic runoff on Arctic Ocean stratification, circulation and sea ice cover, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, 617-637, 2016. link

  • Sorokina, S.A., C. Li, J.J. Wettstein, N.G. Kvamstø, Observed atmospheric coupling bewteen Barents Sea ice and the Warm-Arctic Cold-Siberia anomaly pattern, J. Climate, 29, 495-511, 2016. link

  • Nummelin, A., C. Li and L.H. Smedsrud, Response of Arctic Ocean stratification to changing river runoff in a column model, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, 2655-2675, 2015. link

  • Zhang, Z., G. Ramstein, M. Schuster, C. Li, C. Contoux, Q. Yan, Aridification of Sahara caused by Tethys Sea shrinkage during Late Miocene, Nature, 513, 401-404, 2014. link

  • Eldevik, T. et al., A brief history of climate - the northern seas from the Last Glacial Maximum to global warming, Quat. Sci. Rev., 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.06.028, 2014. link

  • Dokken, T.M., K.H. Nisancioglu, C. Li, D.S. Battisti, C. Kissel, Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles: interactions between ocean and sea ice intrinsic to the Nordic Seas, Paleocean., 28, 491-502, 2013. link

  • Lam, P.J., L.F. Robinson, J. Blusztajn, C. Li, M.S. Cook, J.F. McManus and L.D. Keigwin, Transient stratification as the cause of the North Pacific productivity spike during deglaciation, Nature Geosci., 6, 622-626, 2013. link

  • Smedsrud, L.H. et al., The role of the Barents Sea in the Arctic climate system, Rev. Geophys., 51, 415-449, 2013. link

  • Telford, R.J., C. Li and M. Kucera, Mismatch between the depth habitat of planktonic foraminifera and the calibration depth of SST transfer functions may bias reconstructions, Clim. Past, 9, 859-870, 2013. link

  • Bethke, I, C Li and KH Nisancioglu, Can we use ice sheet reconstructions to constrain meltwater for deglacial simulations?, Paleocean., 27, doi:10.1029/2011PA002258, 2012. pdf+link

  • Li, C and JJ Wettstein, Thermally driven and eddy-driven jet variability in reanalysis, J. Climate, 25, 1587-1596, 2012. pdf

  • Pausata, FSR, C Li, JJ Wettstein, KH Nisancioglu and M Kageyama, The key role of topography in altering North Atlantic atmospheric circulation during the last glacial period, Clim. Past, 7, 1089-1101, 2011. link

  • Li, C, DS Battisti and CM Bitz, Can North Atlantic sea ice anomalies account for Dansgaard-Oeschger climate signals?, J. Climate, 23, 5457-5475, 2010. pdf

  • Pausata, FSR, C Li, JJ Wettstein, KH Nisancioglu and DS Battisti, Changes in atmospheric variability in a glacial climate and the impacts on proxy data: a model intercomparison, Clim. Past, 5, 489-502, 2009. pdf

  • Li, C and DS Battisti, Reduced Atlantic storminess during Last Glacial Maximum: Evidence from a coupled climate model, J. Climate, 21, 3561-3579, 2008. pdf and Figure 2 corrigendum

  • Li, C, DS Battisti, DP Schrag and E Tziperman, Abrupt climate shifts in Greenland due to displacements of the sea ice edge, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, doi:10.1029/2005GL023492, 2005. pdf

  • Li, C, P Tercier and R Knight, Effect of sorbed oil on the dielectric properties of sand and clay, Water Resourc. Res., 37(6), 1783-1794, 2001. pdf
  • 2007 Li, C. A general circulation modelling perspective on abrupt climate change, Ph.D. thesis, University of Washington. pdf