Robert Wills

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington
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I am a climate scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington working with Dennis Hartmann and David Battisti. I recently completed my Ph.D. in the Environmental Science and Engineering Department at Caltech studying the sensitivity of zonal variations in the hydrological cycle to climate change. This work focused on planetary waves, their role in the hydrological cycle, and their changes with climate change. My background is in physics and I am broadly interested in understanding the complex interactions between the many elements of the climate system: the atmosphere, the ocean, the cryosphere, and the land surface.

My current projects include: mechanisms of multi-decadal variability in the Pacific and the Atlantic, analyzing the mechanisms governing the strength of orographic stationary Rossby waves, understanding the decrease in strength of the Walker circulation with global warming, diagnosing dynamic and thermodynamic mechanisms for changes in the amplitude of the zonally anomalous hydrological cycle, assessing the controls on high-latitude salinity in glacial climates, and applying discriminant analysis to extract robust climate signals from climate model ensembles. For more on my research, see the research and publications tabs.

My passion for earth science is part of a broader interest in exploring, learning about, and teaching about the earth. I try to bring it all together on my blog. I also try to document beautiful landscapes from around the world with my photography.

Robert Wills

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington

Atmospheric Sciences–Geophysics Building
University of Washington
Box 351640
Seattle, WA 98195-1640

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