Spencer A. Hill Postdoc UCLA AOS & Caltech GPS

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In preparation

  1. Hill, Spencer A., Simona Bordoni, and Jonathan L. Mitchell. "Hadley cell edge and ITCZ dynamics under solsticial forcing in planetary atmospheres." In preparation for submission to Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.
  2. 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." In preparation for submission to Geophysical Research Letters.
  3. Hill, Spencer A. "Monsoon changes caused by global warming." Invited submission to Current Climate Change Reports, in preparation.
  4. Hill, Spencer A. and Natalie J. Burls. "Mechanisms of poleward energy transport changes under CO\(_2\) forcing and in the Pliocene." In preparation for submission to Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

Submitted/in revision

  1. Hill, Spencer A., Yi Ming, and Ming Zhao. "Robust responses of the Sahelian hydrological cycle to global warming." In revision, Journal of Climate. PDF.


  1. (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." In press, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0215.1. PDF.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
  4. (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.
  5. (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.
  6. (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.

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.

Non peer-reviewed

  1. (2017) Hill, Spencer A. and Spencer K. Clark. "What’s needed for the Future of AOS Python? Tools for Automating AOS Data Analysis and Management." Invited guest blog post on "PyAOS" blog. URL: http://pyaos.johnny-lin.com/?p=1546.
  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.


  1. (2017) Hill, Spencer A. and Spencer Clark. "aospy: automated climate data analysis and management." http://aospy.readthedocs.io/en/latest/. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.996951.
  2. (2016) Hoyer, Stephan et al. "xarray: v0.8.0." doi: 10.5281/zenodo.59499.