Roger Barry

Professor Emeritus of Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
CIRES Fellow Emeritus


PhD, University of Southampton, UK, 1965


Arctic climate; cryosphere-climate interactions; mountain climate; climate change

  • Writing a text on Polar Environments with Eileen Hall-McKim for Cambridge University Press

Recent Highlights and Upcoming Expeditions

  • Aug 2012–March 2014: On short term contract as Director of the International Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Project Office at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK
  • 2009–2012: Was awarded a Humboldt Prize Fellowship to work at the Commission for Glaciology at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Munich, Germany, from May–October 2009 and August–October 2010. He prepared (with Thian Gan, University of Edmonton) a new book on the cryosphere for Cambridge University Press during this time. The book The Global Cryosphere: Past, Present and Future was published in June 2011.


Foreign member, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RAEN)

Barry serves on the editorial board of Polar Geography



Barry, R.G. 2017. The Arctic cryosphere in the twenty-first century. Geographical Review 107: 69-88.

Barry, R.G. 2017. Polar climates. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography, eds. Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, and Richard A. Marston. John Wiley & Sons.

Barry, R.G. 2017. Cryospheric studies: history. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography, eds. Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, and Richard A. Marston. John Wiley & Sons.

Barry, R.G. 2017. The Arctic cryosphere in the twenty first century. Geographical Review 107: 69-88.


Barry, R.G. 2016. Norwegian contributions to Arctic environmental sciences from the 1880s to the third International Polar Year. Advances in Polar Science 27, 1-7.

Barry, R.G. 2016. Jack Ives – a personal memoir. In Jack D. Ives, montologist, eds. K. Mainali and S. Sicroff, 23-30. Lalitpur, Nepal: Himalayan Association for the Advancement of Science.

Barry, R. G. and P.D. Blanken. 2016. Microclimate and local climates. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Barry, R.G. 2015. The shaping of climate science: Half a century in personal perspective. History of Geo- and Spatial Sciences, 6: 87-105.


Barry, R. G. 2014. Climate change: Polar regions. Encyclopedia of Natural Resources: Water and Air, ed. Y. Wang, 974-78. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.

Barry, R. G. 2014. Cryosphere, measurements and application. Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing, ed. E. Njoku, 104-118. New Delhi, India: Springer.

Barry, R. G., and E. A. Hall-McKim. 2014. Essentials of the Earth's Climate System. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 259 pp.

Serreze, M. C, and R. G. Barry. 2014. The Arctic Climate System, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 415 pp.


Barry, R. G. 2013. A brief history of the terms climate and climatology. International Journal of Climatology 33(5): 1,317-1,320, doi:10.1002/joc.3504.

Barry, R. G., and R. J. Chorley. 2013. Atmosfera, tempo e clima (Portugese translation) Trans R Cafaldo Costa ABDR, Bookman, 512.

Gan, T. Y., R. G. Barry, M. Gizaw, A. Gobena, and R. Balaji. 2013. Changes in North American snowpacks for 1979-2007 detected from the snow water equivalent data of SMMR and SSM/I passive microwave and related climatic factors. Journal of Geophysical Research 118(4): 7,682-7,697, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50507.

Saito, K., T. J. Zhang, D. Q. Yang, S. Marchenko, R. G. Barry, V. Romanovsky, and L. Hinzman. 2013. Influence of the physical terrestrial Arctic in the eco-climate system. Ecological Applications 23(8): 1,778-1,797, doi:10.1890/11-1062.1.


Barry, R. G. 2012. Recent advances in mountain climate research. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, doi:10.1007/s00704-012-0695-x.

Barry, R .G., and Serreze, M. C. 2012. The changing climate. In Canada's Changing Cold Environments, eds. H. French and O. Slaymaker, 89-104. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.


Barry, R. G. 2011. The cryosphere and climate. In McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, 48–50. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Barry, R. G. 2011. The cryosphere past, present, and future: a review of the frozen water resources of the world. Polar Geography 34(4): 219–227, doi:10.1080/1088937X.2011.638146.

Barry, R. G., J. Jania, and K. Birkenmajer. 2011. Dobrowolski—the first cryospheric scientist—and the subsequent development of cryospheric science. History of Geo- and Space Sciences 2: 75–79.

Barry, R. G., and M. C. Serreze. 2011. The changing climate. In Changing Cold Environments—A Canadian Perspective, eds. French, H.M. and O. Slaymaker, 89–104. New York: Wiley.

Barry, R.G. and T. Y. Gan. 2011. The global cryosphere: Past, present, and future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 477 pp.

Callaghan, T. V., M. Johansson, R. D. Brown, P. Ya. Groisman, N. Labba, V. Radionov, R. G. Barry, O. N. Bulygina, R. L. H. Essery, D. M. Frolov, V. N. Golubev, T. C. Grenfell, M. N. Petrushina, V. N. Razuvaev, D. A. Robinson, P. Romanov, D. Shindell, A. B. Shmakin, S. A. Sokratov, S. Warren, and D. Yang. 2011. The changing face of Arctic snow cover: A synthesis of observed and projected change. Ambio 40: 17–31, doi:10.1007/s13280-011-0212-y.

Gan, T. Y., R. Barry, and A. Gobena. 2011. Changes in North American snow packs for 1979-2004 detected from the snow water equivalent data of SMMR and SSM/I passive microwave and related climatic factors. Cold Regions Hydrology in a Changing Climate 346: 79–85.

Serreze, M. C. and R. G. Barry. 2011. Processes and impacts of Arctic amplification: A research synthesis. Global and Planetary Change 77: 85-96, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.03.004.


Ananicheva, M. D., A. N. Krenke, and R. G. Barry. 2010. Northeast Asia mountain glaciers in the near future by AOGCM scenarios. The Cryosphere Disc 4: 707–735.

Weatherhead, E., S. Gearheard, and R. G. Barry. 2010. Changes in weather persistence: Insight from Inuit knowledge. Global Environmental Change 20(3): 523–528, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.02.002.


Barry, R. G. 2009. Cryosphere models. In Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science Volume 2, ed. R. A. Meyers, 1,704–1,718. New York: Springer.

Barry, R. G. 2009. Snow Cover. In The Oxford Companion to Global Change, ed. D. Cuff and A. Goudie. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Barry, R. G., and R. J. Chorley. 2009. Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate 9th ed. London: Routledge.

Lee, E., T. N. Chase, B. Rajagopalan, R. G. Barry, T. W. Biggs, and P. J. Lawrence. 2009. Effects of irrigation and vegetation activity on early Indian summer monsoon variability. International Journal of Climatology 29(4): 573–581, doi:10.1002/joc.1721.

Paul, F., R. G. Barry, J. G. Cogley, H. Frey, W. Haeberli, A. Ohmura, C. S. L. Ommanney, B. Raup, A. Rivera, and M. Zemp. 2009. Recommendations for the compilation of glacier inventory data from digital sources. Annals of Glaciology 50(53): 119–26.


Barry, R. G. 2008. Review of Oledenenie severnoi evrazii v nedavnem proshlom i blizhaishem budushchem [Glaciation in North Eurasia in the recent past and immediate future]. Journal of Glaciology 54(188): 931.

Mahoney, A. R., R. G. Barry, V. Smolyanitsky, and F. Fetterer. 2008. Observed sea ice extent in the Russian Arctic, 1933–2006. Journal of Geophysical Research 113, C11005, doi:10.1029/2008JC004830.

Racoviteanu, A. E., M. W. Williams, and R. G. Barry. 2008. Optical Remote Sensing of Glacier Characteristics: A Review with Focus on the Himalaya. Sensors 8(5): 3,355–3,383, doi:10.3390/s8053355.

Zhang, T., R. G. Barry, K. Knowles, J. Heginbottom, and J. Brown. 2008. Statistics and characteristics of permafrost and ground-ice distribution in the Northern Hemisphere. Polar Geography 31(1-2): 47–68, doi:10.1080/10889370802175895.


Barry, R. G. (contributing author). 2007. Portals to the universe. The NASA Astronomy Science Centers. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.

Barry, R. G. (review editor), et al. 2007. Chapter 4, Observations: Changes in snow, ice and frozen ground. In Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, Contribution of Working Group 1 to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ed. S. Solomon et al., 337–384. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Barry, R. G. (review editor), et al. 2007. Chapter 15, Polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic). In Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ed. M. L. Parry et al., 653–686. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Barry, R. G., R. Armstrong, T. Callaghan, J. Cherry, S. Gearheard, A. Nolin, D. Russell, and C. Zaeckler. 2007. Chapter 4: Snow. In Global outlook for ice and snow, ed. United Nations Environment Programme, 39–62. Hertfordshire, England: Earthprint.

Beedle, M. J., M. Dyurgerov, W. Tangborn, S. J. S. Khalsa, C. Helm, B. Raup, R. Armstrong, and R. G. Barry. 2007. Improving estimation of glacier volume change: a GLIMS case study of Bering Glacier System, Alaska. The Cryosphere Discussion 2(1): 33–51.

Maslanik, J., S. Drobot, C. Fowler, W. Emery, and R. Barry. 2007. On the Arctic climate paradox and the continuing role of atmospheric circulation in affecting sea ice conditions. Geophysical Research Letters 34, doi:10.1029/2006GL028269.


Barry, R. G. 2006. The status of research on glaciers and global glacier recession: a review. Progress in Physical Geography 30(3): 285–306, doi:10.1191/0309133306pp478ra.

Chudinova, S. M., O. W. Frauenfeld, R. G. Barry, T. Zhang, and V. A. Sorokovikov. 2006. Relationship between air and soil temperatures and periodicities in the permafrost regions of Russia. Journal of Geophysical Research 111, doi:10.1029/2005JF000342.

Gearheard, S., W. Matumeak, I. Angutikjuaq, J. Maslanik, H. P. Huntington, J. Leavitt, D. Matumeak Kagak, G. Tigullaraq, and R. G. Barry. 2006. "It's not that simple": A collaborative comparison of sea ice environments, their uses, observed changes, and adaptations in Barrow, Alaska, USA, and Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada. Ambio 35(4): 203–211.

Khromova, T. E., G. B. Osipova, D. G. Tsvetkov, M. B. Dyurgerov, and R. G. Barry. 2006. Changes in glacier extent in the eastern Pamir, Central Asia, determined from historical data and ASTER imagery. Remote Sensing of the Environment 102(1–2): 24–32, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.01.019.


Barry, R. G. 2005. Alpine climate change and cryospheric responses: An introduction. In Climate and hydrology in mountain areas. Eds. Carmen de Jong, David Collins, and Roberto Ranzi, 1–4. London: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Barry, R. G. 2005. Synoptic climatology. In Encyclopedia of world climatology. Ed. J. E. Oliver, 700–704. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer.

de Jong, C., D. N. Collins, R. Ranzi, R. G. Barry, G. Leavesley, and B. Bachhi. 2005. Introduction: Climate and hydrology of mountain areas. In Climate and hydrology of mountain areas. Eds. C. de Jong, D. N. Collins, and R. Ranzi, xix–xxi. London: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Koerner, C., M. Ohsawa, et al. (R. Barry, contributing author). 2005. Chapter 24: Mountain systems. In Ecosystems and human well-being. Current state and trends, Volume 1, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Eds. R. Hassan, R. Scholes and N. Ash, 681–716. Washington, D. C.: Island Press.

Serreze, M. C., and R. G. Barry. 2005. The Arctic climate system. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Zhang, T., O. W. Frauenfeld, M. C. Serreze, A. J. Etringer, C. Oelke, J. L. McCreight, R. G. Barry, D. Gilichinsky, D. Yang, H. Ye, L. Feng, and S. Chudinova. 2005. Spatial and temporal variability in active layer thickness over the Russian Arctic Drainage Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research 110, doi:10.1029/2004JD005642.


Barry, R. G. 2004. Climate: Research Programs. In Encyclopedia of the Arctic, Volume 1, ed. M. Nuttall, 379–384. New York: Routledge.

Bishop, M., R. G. Barry, and 15 others. 2004. Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS): Remote sensing and GIS investigations of the Earth's cryosphere. Geocarto International 19: 57–84.

Frauenfeld, O. W., T. Zhang, R. G. Barry, and D. Gilichinsky. 2004. Interdecadal changes in seasonal freeze and thaw depths in Russia. Journal of Geophysical Research 109, doi:10.1029/2003JD004245.

Khalsa, S. J. S., M. Dyurgerov, T. Khromova, B. Raup, and R. G. Barry. 2004. Space-based mapping of glacier changes using ASTER and GIS tools. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 42(10): 2,177–2,183.

Solomina, O., R. Barry, and M. Bodnya. 2004. The retreat of Tien Shan glaciers (Kyrgyzstan) since the Little Ice Age estimated from aerial photographs, lichenometric, and historical data. Geografiska Annaler 86A(2): 205-15.

Tsukernik, M., T. N. Chase, M. C. Serreze, R. G. Barry, R. Pielke Sr., B. Herman, and X. Zeng. 2004. On the regulation of minimum mid-tropospheric temperatures in the Arctic. Geophysical Research Letters 31, doi:10.1029/2003GL018831.

Zhang, T., R. G. Barry, and R. L. Armstrong. 2004. Application of satellite remote sensing techniques to frozen ground studies. Polar Geography 28(3): 163–196.


Barry, R. G., and A. M. Carleton. 2003. Atmosphere, Weather and Climate, 8th Edition. London: Routledge.

Khromova, T. E., M. B. Dyurgerov, R. G. Barry. 2003. Late-twentieth century changes in glacier extent in the Ak-Shirak Range, Central Asia, determined from historical data and ASTER imagery. Geophysical Research Letters 30(16), doi:10.1029/2003GL017233.

Barry, R. G. 2003. Mountain cryospheric studies and the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project. Journal of Hydrology Special Issue: Mountain Hydrology and Water Resources 282(1-4): 177–181, doi:10.1016/S0022-1694(03)00253-1.


Barry, R. G. 2002. The role of snow and ice in the global climate system: A review. Polar Geography 24(3) pp. 235–246.


Barry, R. G., and A. M. Carleton. 2001. Synoptic and dynamic climatology. London: Routledge.

Zhang, T., R. G. Barry, D. Gilichinsky, S. S. Bykhovets, V. A. Sorikov, and J. P. Ye. 2001. An amplified signal of climate change in soil temperatures during the last century at Irkutsk, Russia. Climatic Change 49(1–2): 41–76, doi:10.1023/A:1010790203146.


Barry, R. G., and A. Seimon. 2000. Research for mountain area development: Climatic fluctuations in the mountains of the Americas and their significance. Ambio 29(7): 364–70.

Barry, R. G., and M. C. Serreze. 2000. Atmospheric components of the Arctic Ocean freshwater balance and their interannual variability. In E. L. Lewis et al. (eds.) The freshwater budget of the Arctic Ocean. Ed. E. L. Lewis, et al., 45-56. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Zhang, T., J. A. Heginbottom, R. G. Barry, and J. Brown. 2000. Further statistics on the distribution of frozen ground and permafrost. Polar Geography 24(2): 126–131.

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