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

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  1. (2022) Hill, Spencer A., Natalie J. Burls, Alexey Fedorov, and Timothy M. Merlis. "Symmetric and antisymmetric components of polar-amplified warming." Accepted, Journal of Climate. PDF. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0972.1.
  2. (2022) Hill, Spencer A., Simona Bordoni, and Jonathan L. Mitchell. "Toward a unified theory for the Hadley cell descending and ascending edges." Accepted, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-21-0328.1. PDF.
  3. (2022) Biasutti, Michela, Hill, Spencer A., and Aiko Voigt. "The Effect Of An Equatorial Continent On The Tropical Rain Belt. Part 2: Summer Monsoons." Journal of Climate, 35, 3091–3107. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0588.1. PDF.
  4. (2022) Hill, Spencer A., Adam H. Sobel, Michela Biasutti, and Mark A. Cane. "On the all-India rainfall index and sub-India rainfall heterogeneity." Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2021GL096541, 10 pp. doi: 10.1029/2021GL096541. PDF.
  5. (2021) Hill, Spencer A., Simona Bordoni, and Jonathan L. Mitchell. "Solsticial Hadley Cell ascending edge theory from supercriticality." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 78, 1999-2011. doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-20-0341.1. PDF.
  6. (2021) Mitchell, Jonathan L. and Spencer A. Hill. "Constraints from invariant subtropical vertical velocities on the scalings of Hadley cell strength and downdraft width with rotation rate." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 78, 1445-1463. doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-20-0191.1. PDF.
  7. (2020) Hill, Spencer A., Simona Bordoni, and Jonathan L. Mitchell. "Axisymmetric Hadley Cell theory with a fixed tropopause temperature rather than height." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 77, 1279-1294. doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-19-0169.1. PDF.
  8. (2019) Hill, Spencer A. "Theories for past and future monsoon rainfall changes." Current Climate Change Reports, 5, 160-171. doi: 10.1007%2Fs40641-019-00137-8. Online access: https://rdcu.be/bHFCZ. PDF.
  9. (2019) Hill, Spencer A., Simona Bordoni, and Jonathan L. Mitchell. "Axisymmetric constraints on cross-equatorial Hadley cell extent." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 76, 1547-1564. doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-18-0306.1. PDF.
  10. (2018) Hill, Spencer A., Juan M. Lora, Norris Khoo, Sean P. Faulk, and Jonathan M. Aurnou. "Affordable rotating fluid demonstrations for geoscience education: The DIYnamics project." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99, 2529-2538. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0215.1. PDF. UCLA press release.
  11. (2018) Hill, Spencer A., Yi Ming, and Ming Zhao. "Robust responses of the Sahelian hydrological cycle to global warming." Journal of Climate, 31, 9793-9814. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0238.1. PDF. Supplementary material.
  12. (2018) Smyth, Jane, Spencer A. Hill, and Yi Ming. "Simulated responses of the West African monsoon and zonal-mean tropical precipitation to early Holocene orbital forcing." Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 12,049-12,057. doi: 10.1029/2018GL080494. PDF. Supplementary material.
  13. (2017) Hill, Spencer A., Yi Ming, Isaac M. Held, and Ming Zhao. "A moist static energy budget-based analysis of the Sahel rainfall response to uniform oceanic warming." Journal of Climate, 30, 5637-5660. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0785.1. PDF.
  14. (2017) Brown, Patrick T., Yi Ming, Wenhong Li, and Spencer A. Hill. "Change in the magnitude and mechanisms of unforced low-frequency surface temperature variability in a warmer climate." Nature Climate Change, 7, 743-748. doi: 10.1038/nclimate3381. PDF. Supplementary material PDF. Duke University press release.
  15. (2017) Jeevanjee, Nadir, Pedram Hassanzadeh, Spencer A. Hill, and Aditi Sheshadri. "A perspective on climate model hierarchies." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 9, 1760-1771. doi: 10.1002/2017MS001038. PDF.
  16. (2015) Hill, Spencer A., Yi Ming, and Isaac M. Held. "Mechanisms of forced tropical meridional energy flux change." Journal of Climate, 28, 1725-1742. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00165.1. PDF.
  17. (2012) Hill, Spencer A. and Yi Ming. "Nonlinear climate response to regional brightening of tropical marine stratocumulus." Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L15707, 5 pp. doi: 10.1029/2012GL052064. PDF. Supplementary material PDF.

Non peer-reviewed

  1. Numerous blog posts for the DIYnamics blog. Available at https://diynamics.github.io/blog/author/spencer-hill.html.
  2. (2012) Hill, Spencer A. "A head in the clouds elucidates climate" (book review of Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate by David Randall). Science, 337, 1 pp., doi: 10.1126/science.1225615. PDF.

PhD thesis

(2016) Hill, Spencer A. "Energetic and hydrological responses of Hadley circulations and the African Sahel to sea surface temperature perturbations." PhD Thesis, Princeton University Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. PDF.


  1. (2018) Hill, Spencer A. and Spencer Clark. "aospy: automated climate data analysis and management." Version 0.3.1. https://aospy.readthedocs.io. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1490928.
  2. (2016) Hoyer, Stephan et al. "xarray: v0.8.0." doi: 10.5281/zenodo.59499.