Climate Scientist, University of Washington
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I am a climate scientist in the University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences studying the physical basis of climate variability and climate change, specifically the mechanisms governing the large-scale circulation of the atmosphere and ocean. By understanding the physical processes controlling the spatial and temporal evolution of climate, I aim to improve our ability to predict climate change and its impacts, so that society can better prepare for the future.

I am currently focused on understanding the role of the ocean circulation in climate variability on long time scales. I also work on the large-scale atmospheric circulation, its role in the hydrological cycle, and its response to climate change. I am also interested in the mechanistic controls on the global ocean overturning circulation and the role of ocean overturning changes in past climate change. My background is in physics and I am broadly interested in understanding the complex interactions between the elements of the Earth system: the atmosphere, the ocean, the cryosphere, and the land surface. 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 educating about the earth. I bring this together on my blog. I also like to document beautiful landscapes from around the world with my photography.


Robert Jnglin Wills


Research Scientist
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington

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

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