About me

My first career was working as a marine climatologist in the offshore oil and gas industry and this was followed by a academic career that focused on historical marine climatology. This academic research included using ships’ logs and other historical documents to reconstruct past climate and sea ice conditions in northern seas. I published articles on this topic in various scholarly journals (see Publications below) and taught courses in climatology at several universities. I then transitioned to a second career in information technology and spent fifteen years as the Director of Information Technology for a 500 store retail chain. During this period my focus was on management, operations, database development and business intelligence. I am recently retired and this Web Site represents one of my current passions.

Here is a list of my published papers. As you can see most of my published research dates to the period when I was connected (directly or indirectly) to the academic world.


J.P. Newell, 2016. Richard Newall’s voyage to Newfoundland in 1623: New insights into Sir. William Alexander’s  attempts to establish a Scottish colony in Nova Scotia.   International Journal of Maritime History 28 (1), 102-107

John P. Newell, 1996. Sea-ice and atmospheric circulation anomalies in the Labrador Sea region associated with extremes of the Southern Oscillation. International Journal of ClimatologyVolume 16, No. 1, 63–71.

John P. Newell, 1993. Exceptionally Large Icebergs and Ice Islands in Eastern Canadian Waters: A Review of Sightings from 1900 to Present, Arctic, VOL. 46, No. 3, 205-211.

John P. Newell, 1992. The climate of the Labrador Sea in the spring and summer of 1816, and comparisons with modern analogues. In: The Year without a summer? : World climate in 1816, C.R. Harington Editor, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, 245-254.

J.P. Newell, 1992. Coastal Influences on Winter Precipitation Events in Southeast Labrador. Proceedings of the 49th Eastern Snow Conference, 107-114, Oswego, NY.

J.P. Newell, 1992. Forecasting Sea Ice Clearing in the Labrador Sea. In: Advances in Ice technology, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Ice Technology, 313-323, MIT, Cambridge.

J.P. Newell, 1992. Climate change in northeast Canada and the northwest Atlantic: new insights from a long term sea ice data set. In: Proceedings 5th Int. Meeting Statistical Climatology, Toronto, 87-90, Environment Canada, Atmospheric Environment Service, Toronto.

J.P. Newell, 1991. Long Range Forecast of Iceberg Flux across 48oN: A New Perspective. In: Proceedings 11th International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions, 872-886, St. Johns.

J.P. Newell, 1990. Spring and summer ice and climate conditions in the Labrador Sea, 1800-present. Ph.D. thesis, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Barry, R.G., R.G. Crane, A. Schweiger and J. Newell, 1987. Arctic Cloudiness in Spring from Satellite Imagery.  Journal of Climatology, Vol 7, 423-451.

Newell, J.P. and L.W. Davidson, 1986. Regional Marine Climate Comparisons for Offshore Drilling Locations Worldwide. Canadian Climate Centre Report No., 86-18. Atmospheric Environment Service of Canada, Downsview.

Newell, 1983. Preliminary analysis of sea-ice conditions in the Labrador Sea during the nineteenth century. In: Climate Change in Canada 3, Syllogeus 49, 108-129, National Museums of Canada, Ottawa.

John P. Newell, 1982. A Study of Sea Ice Clearing along the Labrador Coast.  In: Coastal Studies in Canadian Geography, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax.

John D. Jacobs and John P. Newell, 1979. Recent-Year-to-Year Variations in Seasonal Temperatures and Sea Ice Conditions in the Eastern Canadian Arctic, Arctic, VOL. 32. NO. 4, 345-35.

John Philip Newell, 1979. The influence of meteorological factors on the clearing of sea ice from Baffin Bay. M.A. Thesis, University of Windsor