Robert Wills

Postdoctoral Scholar, ETH Zurich
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I am a postdoc in climate dynamics at ETH Zurich working with Tapio Schnieder. 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. 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 background is in theoretical physics and nonlinear dynamics and I have previously studied topics ranging from plasma confinement for nuclear fusion to systems neuroscience.

My current projects include: 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 Scholar
Climate Dynamics
Geological Institute
ETH Zurich

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