Stephen Warren


Department of Atmospheric Sciences


University of Washington

sgw [at]


Box 351640
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

Brief Biography

Stephen Warren received his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1973. He has been at the University of Washington since 1982, where he is now Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Earth & Space Sciences. His research interest is the interaction of solar radiation with snow, clouds, and sea ice, and their role in climate. He has carried out fieldwork in the Southern Ocean, the East Antarctic Plateau, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Siberia, and China, with Australian, Russian, French, Danish, Norwegian, Chinese, and U.S. expeditions. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. He received a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation, and has been designated a Highly Cited Author by the Institute for Scientific Information. He was Chair of the Advisory Panel for the Alaska Field Site of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program. He has been a Council Member of the International Glaciological Society, a member of the U.S.-Russian Working Group on Arctic Climate, the Committee on Atmospheric Radiation of the American Meteorological Society, and the International Commission on Polar Meteorology. He was Station Science Leader of the South Pole Station in 1992. He has about 135 publications, which have been cited about 11,000 times (h-index=45). He teaches classes on climate, atmospheric radiation, glaciology, and scientific writing, and has won two awards for excellence in teaching. He has supervised 8 M.S. students and 12 Ph.D. students. He is currently the principal investigator on two grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation. All publications are available at


Sea Ice

Science Specialties

climatology, snow characteristics, sea ice

Current Research