Spencer A. Hill Associate Research Scholar Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University

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Me in Kansas City, December 2018


Welcome! I am a climate scientist interested in tropical overturning circulations (monsoons, Hadley cells, and the Intertropical Convergence Zone). Specifically:

  • Why they exist
  • Why they aren't bigger or smaller, farther poleward or equatorward
  • How they ebb and flow over the course of each year
  • How well we can predict their variations from year to year
  • How those year-to-year variations affect agricultural and economic outcomes
  • How they may have changed in Earth's history
  • How they may change in Earth's future
  • How they behave in other planetary atmospheres.

Please see my Publications page for more.

I work in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University. I also hold an adjunct position at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, where I collaborate with Michela Biasutti on a project investigating the role of energy transports by tropical transient disturbances in setting the location of the ITCZ.

I also co-lead the "DIYnamics" project that seeks to improve the teaching of meteorology, climate science, and other planetary-scale sciences at the K-12 through graduate school levels by developing inexpensive, easy-to-use kits for performing physical demonstrations of core scientific concepts. Please the DIYnamics website and YouTube channel for more.

I am also interested in developing software tools for scientists in the Python programming language. Please see my aospy package and Resources page for more.

Please contact me (information below) with any questions about my research or anything else you find on this site. Thanks!


spencerh@princeton.edu | NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory | 201 Forrestal Road | Princeton, NJ 08540

shill@ldeo.columbia.edu | 207B Oceanography | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory | 61 Route 9W | Palisades, NY 10964