For the most part these are peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, but I have included a few unreviewed essays that might be of general interest.

I am starting to put some of my older papers in less accessible journals online. The first of these is the 1991 Rossby wave chaotic advection paper, which appeared in GAFD, which is  here.


Pierrehumbert RT 2013: Strange news from other stars .Nature Geoscience 6, 81-83. doi:10.1038/ngeo1711 . pdf

Wordsworth R and Pierrehumbert RT 2013: Hydrogen-nitrogen greenhouse warming in Earth's early atmosphere. Science, 339, 64-67. doi:10.1126/science.1225759 . pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2013: Cumulative Carbon and Just Allocation of the Global Carbon Commons. Chicago Journal of International Law ,13.2 pp 527-548..  pdf

Abbot DS, Voigt A, Branson M, Pierrehumbert RT et al 2012: Clouds and Snowball Earth deglaciation. Geophys. Res. Lett, 39, doi:10.1029/2012GL052861. pdf

Solomon S, Pierrehumbert RT, Matthews D and Daniel JS 2012: Atmospheric composition, irreversible climate change, and mitigation policy. in Climate Science for Serving Society: Research, Modelling and Prediction Priorities, Hurrell, J. and Asrar, G., eds., Springer .pdf

Li, D., and R. T. Pierrehumbert 2011: Sea glacier flow and dust transport on Snowball Earth, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L17501, doi:10.1029/2011GL048991. pdf , Supplemental Material pdf

Pierrehumbert RT and Gaidos E 2011: Hydrogen Greenhouse Planets beyond the Habitable Zone. Ap. J. Lett.,734 doi:10.1088/2041-8205/734/1/L13 . pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2011: A palette of climates for Gliese 581g. Ap. J. Lett., 726 doi: 10.1088/2041-8205/726/1/L8. pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2011: Infrared radiation and planetary temperature. Physics Today 64, 33-38 pdf

Pierrehumbert RT, Abbot D, Voight A and Koll D 2011: Neoproterozoic Climate. Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences
39:417–60, doi:10.1146/annurev-earth-040809-152447 . Get pdf here

Abbot DS, Silber M, and Pierrehumbert RT 2011: Cloud Feedbacks and Arctic Sea Ice Tipping Points. J. Geophys. Res.- Atmospheres, 116, D19120, doi:10.1029/2011JD015653 .

Pierrehumbert RT 2010: Principles of Planetary Climate. Cambridge University Press, 652pp. Online Supplement   Publisher Link  Amazon Link

Archer DA and Pierrehumbert RT 2010: The Warming Papers. Wiley/Blackwell. Publisher Link  Amazon Link

Solomon S, Battisti D, Doney S, Hayhoe K, Held I, Lettenmaier D, Lobell D, Matthews D, Pierrehumbert RT, Raphael M, Richels R, Root T, Steffen K, Tebaldi C and Yohe G 2010: Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations and Impacts over Decades to Millennia. National Academy Press:Washington 190pp. Publisher Link

Abbot DS and Pierrehumbert RT 2010: Mudball: Surface dust and Snowball Earth deglaciation, Geophys. Res.-Atmospheres 115, doi: 10.1029/2009JD01200 pdf

Abbot DS, Eisenman I and Pierrehumbert RT 2010: Sea Ice Resolution and the Snowball Diurnal Cycle., J. Climate 23, 6100-6109. pdf

Williams IN, Pierrehumbert RT and Huber M 2009: Global warming, convective threshold and false thermostats. Geophys. Res. Lett. 36. doi:10.1029/2009GL03984 pdf

Lee J.-E.,Pierrehumbert RT, Swann A, and Lintner BR 2009: Sensitivity of stable water isotopic values to convective parameterization schemes. Geophys. Res. Lett. 36 L23801. doi:10.1029/2009GL040880. pdf

Mitchell JL, Pierrehumbert RT, Frierson DMW and Caballero R 2009: The impact of methane thermodynamics on seasonal convection and circulation in a model Titan atmosphere. Icarus 203, 250-264. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.03.043 pdf

Halevy I, Pierrehumbert RT, Schrag DP 2009: Radiative transfer in CO2-rich paleoatmospheres J. Geophys. Res.-Atmospheres 114 D18112. doi:10.1029/2009JD011915 . pdf

Le Hir G, Donnadieu Y, Godderis Y, Pierrehumbert RT, Macouin M, Halverson G, Nedelec A, and Ramstein G 2008: The Snowball Earth aftermath: exploring the limits of continental weathering processes. Earth Plan Sci Lett doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.11.010. pdf

Caballero R, Mitchell J and Pierrehumbert RT 2008: Axisymmetric, nearly inviscid circulations in non-condensing radiative-convective atmospheres. Quart J Roy Meterol Soc 134,1269-1285. pdf

Goddéris Y, Donnadieu Y, de Vargas C,Pierrehumbert RT, Dromart G 2008: Causal or casual link between the rise of nannoplankton calcification and a tectonically-driven massive decrease in Late Triassic atmospheric CO2 ? Earth Plan Sci Lett 267,247-255. pdf

Brogniez H and Pierrehumbert RT 2007: Intercomparison of the tropical tropospheric humidity in GCMs with AMSU-B water vapor data. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L17812, doi:10.1029/2006GL029118 . pdf

Brogniez H and Pierrehumbert RT 2006: Using microwave observations to assess large-scale control of free tropospheric water vapor in the mid-latitudes. Geophysical Research Letters 33, L14801, doi:10.1029/2006GL026240. pdf

Donnadieu Y, Godderis Y, Pierrehumbert R, Dromart G, Fluteau F and Jacob R 2006: A GEOCLIM simulation of climatic and biogeochemical consequences of Pangea breakup. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 7: Art. No. Q11019. pdf

Mitchell, J and Pierrehumbert RT 2006: The dynamics behind Titan's tropospheric methane clouds. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 103 (49),18421-18426. pdf

Sukhatme J and Pierrehumbert RT 2005: Statistical Equilibria of Uniformly Forced Advection Condensation. (posted on ArXiV)

Donnadieu Y, Pierrehumbert RT, Jacob R and Fluteau F 2006: On the primary control of the paleogeography during the Cretaceous: a climate modelling study. Earth Plan. Sci Lett. 248, 426-437. pdf

Le Hir G, Ramstein G, Donnadieu Y and Pierrehumbert RT 2007: Investigating plausible mechanisms to escape a hard Snowball-Earth. Comptes Rendus Geoscience 339 (3-4): 274-287 . pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2006: Climate change: A catastrophe in slow-motion. Chicago Journal of International Law, 6, 573-596 pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2005: Science Fiction Atmospheres. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86, 696-698. pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2005: Tropical Glacier Retreat. Published on realclimate.org. link to article

Pierrehumbert RT, Brogniez H, and Roca R 2007: On the relative humidity of the atmosphere. in The Global Circulation of the Atmosphere, T Schneider and A Sobel, eds. Princeton University Press. pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2005: Climate dynamics of a hard snowball Earth. J. Geophys Res -- Atmospheres. 110(D1) D01111 doi:10.1029/2004JD005162. pdf

Pierrehumbert 2004a: Warming the world. Nature 432 677. pdf

Pierrehumbert 2004b: Translation of Mémoire sur les Températures du Globe Terrestre et des Espaces Planétaires by J-B J. Fourier. Nature 432 (online supplementary material to Pierrehumbert, 2004a) pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2004: High levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide necessary for the termination of global glaciation Nature 429, 646-649. pdf

Goodman JC, Collins GC, Marshall J and Pierrehumbert RT 2004: Hydrothermal Plume Dynamics on Europa: Implications for Chaos Formation. J. Geophys. Res. 109(E3),E03008, doi:10.1029/2003JE002073. pdf

Goodman, JC and Pierrehumbert RT 2003: Glacial flow of floating marine
ice in Snowball Earth. J. Geophys. Res. 108 (C10),3308,doi:10.1029/2002JC001471. pdf

Alley RB, Marotzke J, Nordhaus WD, Overpeck JT,Peteet DM,Pielke RA Jr.,
Pierrehumbert RT, Rhines PB, Stocker TF,L. Talley LD,Wallace JM 2003: Abrupt Climate Change. Science 299, 2005-2010. pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2003: Counting the Cost (Review of {\it Risk and
Reason} by C. Sunstein). Nature 422 263. pdf

Sukhatme J and Pierrehumbert RT 2002: Decay of passive scalars under the action of single scale smooth velocity fields in bounded two-dimensional domains: From non-self-similar probability distribution functions to self-similar eigenmodes. Phys. Rev. E 66, art. no. 056302. pdf erratum

Sukhatme J and Pierrehumbert RT 2002: Surface quasigeostrophic dynamics: The study of an active scalar. Chaos 12, 439-450. pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2002: The Hydrologic Cycle in Deep Time Climate Problems. Nature 419,191-198. pdf

Alley RB, Marotzke J, Nordhaus W, Overpeck J, Peteet D, Pielke R, Pierrehumbert RT, Rhines P, Stocker T, Talley L and Wallace JM 2002: Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises National Academy Press,244pp. online

Stocker TF,Clarke GKC,Le Treut H, Lindzen RS, Meleshko VP, Mugara RK, Palmer TN, Pierrehumbert RT, Sellers PJ, Trenberth KE, and Willebrand J 2001: Physical Climate Processes and Feedbacks, Ch. 7 in The Physics of Climate Change: IPCC WG1 Third Assessment Report, Cambridge University Press.

Rowley DB, Pierrehumbert RT and Currie BS 2001: A new approach to stable isotope-based paleoaltimetry: implications for paleoaltimetry and paleohypsometry of the High Himalaya since the Late Miocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 188,253-268.   abstract   pdf   online  .

Poulsen CJ, Pierrehumbert RT, and Jacob RL 2001: Impact of ocean dynamics on the simulation of the Neoproterozoic "snowball Earth" Geophysical Research Letters , 28,1575-1578. pdf   online .

Hu Y, Pierrehumbert RT and Nakamura N 2001: Probability distribution function of tracer differences and the diffusive scale in the stratosphere. Unpublished note. pdf   online .

Hu Y and Pierrehumbert RT 2001: The Advection-Diffusion Problem for Stratospheric Flow: Part II. Probability distribution function of tracer gradients. J. Atmos. Sci. 59, 2830-2845.. abstract    postscript  pdf .

Hu Y and Pierrehumbert RT 2001: The Advection-Diffusion Problem for Stratospheric Flow: Part I. Concentration probability distribution function. J. Atmos. Sci. 58,1493-1510.. abstract    postscript    pdf .

Ngan K and Pierrehumbert RT 2000: Spatially inhomogeneous and intermittent random advection. Phys. Fluids 12, 822-834.

Pierrehumbert RT 2000: Climate change and the Tropical Pacific: The Sleeping Dragon Wakes. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 97, 1355-1358.abstract    pdf

Pierrehumbert RT 2000: Lattice models of advection-diffusion Chaos 10, 61-74.abstract   postscript   pdf . See commentary on experimental work confirming the prediction of strange eigenmodes

Pierrehumbert RT 1999: Huascaran d18O as an indicator of tropical climate during the Last Glacial Maximum. Geophysical Research Letters , 26, 1341-1344.. abstract postscript   pdf  online

Pierrehumbert RT 1999: Subtropical water vapor as a mediator of rapid global climate change. . in Clark PU, Webb RS and Keigwin LD eds. Mechanisms of global change at millennial time scales. American Geophysical Union:Washington, D.C. Geophysical Monograph Series 112, 394 pp. .abstract   postscript   pdf

Boatto S and Pierrehumbert RT 1999: Dynamics of a passive tracer in a velocity field of four identical point vortices. J. Fluid Mech 394, 137-174. abstract  postscript  pdf  

Pierrehumbert RT and Roca R 1998: Evidence for control of Atlantic subtropical humidity by large scale advection. Geophysical Research Letters 25, 4537-4540.  pdf   online

Pierrehumbert RT 1998: Lateral mixing as a source of subtropical water vapor. Geophysical Research Letters 25, 151-154. abstract     postscript     pdf

Forget, F and Pierrehumbert RT 1997: Warming Early Mars with carbon dioxide clouds that scatter infrared radiation. Science 278, 1273 - 1276. abstract   postscript   pdf

Pierrehumbert, RT and Erlick C 1997: On the scattering greenhouse effect of CO2 ice clouds. J. Atmos. Sci 55, 1897 - 1903. abstract      postscript     pdf

Pierrehumbert, RT 1996: Anomalous scaling of high cloud variability in the tropical Pacific. Geophysical Research Letters 23, 1095-1098.

Swanson K and Pierrehumbert RT 1997: Lower-tropospheric heat transport in the Pacific storm track. J. Atmos. Sci 54, 1533 - 1543 .

Emanuel, K and Pierrehumbert, RT 1996: Microphysical and dynamical control of tropospheric water vapor. in Clouds, Chemistry and Climate, Nato ASI Series 35. Springer:Berlin, 260pp.

Pierrehumbert, RT 1996: Some remarks on mechanisms for the regulation of tropical sea surface temperature. in Clouds, Chemistry and Climate, Nato ASI Series 35. Springer:Berlin, 260pp. abstract     postscript     pdf

Held, I. M. , Pierrehumbert, R. T. , Garner, S.T. and Swanson, K.L. 1995: Surface quasi-geostrophic dynamics. J. Fluid Mech 282, 1-20.

Vainshtein, S. I Sreenivasan, K.R., Pierrehumbert, R. T. , Kashyap, V., and Juneja, A. 1994: Scaling exponents for turbulence and other random processes and their relationships with multifractal structure. Phys. Rev. E50, 1823-1835.

Swanson, K. and Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1995: Potential Vorticity Homogenization and Stationary Waves. J. Atmos. Sci 52, 990 - 994.

Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1995: Thermostats, Radiator Fins, and the Local Runaway Greenhouse. J. Atmos. Sci. 52, 1784-1806. pdf

Pierrehumbert, R.T. and K.L Swanson 1995: Baroclinic Instability Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 27, 419-467.

Yang, H. and Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1994: Production of dry air by isentropic mixing. J. Atmos. Sci. 51, 3437-3454.

Pierrehumbert, R. T., Held, I.M. and Swanson, K. 1994: Spectra of local and nonlocal two dimensional turbulence. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 4, 1111-1116 pdf.

Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1994: On tracer microstructure in the large-eddy dominated regime. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 4, 1091-1110. pdf See also commentary on experimental work confirming the prediction of strange eigenmodes.

Swanson, K. and Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1994: Nonlinear wave packet evolution on a baroclinically unstable jet. J. Atmos. Sci 51, 384 - 396.

Pierrehumbert, R. T. and Yang, H. 1993: Global chaotic mixing on isentropic surfaces. J. Atmos. Sci 50, 2462-2480.

Lin, S-J. and .................................... 1992: Is the mid-latitude zonal flow absolutely unstable? J. Atmos. Sci 50, 505 - 517.

Lamb, K. and .................................... 1992: Steady state nonlinear internal gravity wave critical levels satisfying an upper radiation boundary condition. J. Fluid Mech. 238, 371-404.

Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1992: Spectra of tracer distributions: A geometric approach. in Nonlinear phenomena in atmospheres and oceans, R. Pierrehumbert and G. Carnevale, eds. Springer-Verlag:New York 229pp.

Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1991: Chaotic mixing of tracers and vorticity by modulated travelling Rossby waves. Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid. Dyn. 58, 285-320.  pdf

Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1991: Large scale horizontal mixing in planetary atmospheres. Phys. Fluids A, 3,1250-1260.

Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1991: Dimensions of Atmospheric Variability. in Beyond Belief:Randomness, Prediction and Explanation in Science. J. L. Casti and A. Karlqvist, eds. CRC Press:Boston, 110-142.

Carissimo, B.C., ...................................., and H.L. Pham 1988: An estimate of mountain drag during ALPEX for comparison with numerical models. J. Atmos. Sci 45, 1949-1960.


Bacmeister, J. T. and .................................... 1988: On high drag states of nonlinear stratified flow over obstacles. J. Atmos. Sci 45, 63 - 80.

.................................... 1987: An essay on the parameterization of orographic gravity wave drag. in Observation, theory and modelling of orographic effects. European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting: Reading, England 1987.

Lin, S-J and .................................... 1988: Does Ekman friction suppress baroclinic instability? J. Atmos. Sci 45, 2920-2933.

Lin, S-J and .................................... 1987: Absolute and convective instability of stratified shear flow. in Proceedings of the 4th international symposium on stratified flow, Caltech 1987 . Elsevier

.................................... and J. Bacmeister 1987: On the realizability of Long's Model solutions for nonlinear stratified flow over obstacles. in Proceedings of the 4th international symposium on stratified flow, Caltech 1987 . Elsevier.

Lin, S-J and .................................... 1987: Comment on "Richardson criteria for stratified vortex motions under gravity" Phys. Fluids 30 1231-1232.


Panetta, R.L., I. Held and ................................ 1988: External Rossby waves in the 2-layer model. J. Atmos. Sci 44, 2924-2933.

............................... 1986: A universal shortwave instability of two-dimensional eddies in an inviscid fluid. Phys Rev Letters 57, 2157-2159.

............................... 1986: Spatially amplifying modes of the Charney baroclinic instability problem. J. Fluid Mech., 170, 293-317.

................................. 1986: Remarks on a paper by Aref and Flinchem. J. Fluid Mech. , 163,21-26.

Held, I., ................................, and R. L. Panetta 1986: Dissipative destabilization of external Rossby waves. J. Atmos. Sci., 43,388-396.

1985: The effect of local baroclinic instability on zonal inhomogeneities of vorticity and temperature. Adv. Geophysics, 29, 165-182.

1985: A theoretical model of orographically modified cyclogenesis. J. Atmos. Sci., 42, 1244-1258.

1986: Lee cyclogenesis. Chapter 13 of Mesoscale Meteorology and Forecasting, P. Ray ed. American Meteorological Society: Boston.

Held, I., R. L. Panetta and 1985: Stationary external Rossby waves in vertical shear. J. Atmos. Sci.,42, 865-883.

Pierrehumbert RT, and B. Wyman 1985: Upstream effects of mesoscale mountains. J. Atmos. Sci., 42,977-1003.

Pierrehumbert RT 1985: Stratified semigeostrophic flow over two dimensional topography in an unbounded atmosphere. J. Atmos. Sci., 42, 523-526.

Pierrehumbert RT 1985: Orographic distortion of fronts. Revista di Meteorologia Aeronautica, Anno 44, #1234.


Pierrehumbert RT 1985: Formation of shear layers upstream of the Alps. Revista di Meteorologia Aeronautica, Anno 44, #1234.


Pierrehumbert RT 1984: Local and global baroclinic instability of a zonally varying flow. J. Atmos. Sci. 41, 2141-2162.

Pierrehumbert RT 1984: Linear results on the barrier effects of mesoscale mountains. J. Atmos. Sci. 41, 1356-1367.

Pierrehumbert RT , and P. Malguzzi 1984: Forced coherent structures and local multiple equilibria in a barotropic atmosphere. J. Atmos. Sci. 41, 246-257.

Pierrehumbert RT 1983: Bounds on the growth of perturbations to non-parallel steady flow ont he barotropic beta plane. J. Atmos. Sci. 40, 1207-1217.

Reinhold, B. B. and Pierrehumbert RT 1982: Dynamics of weather regimes: Quasi-stationary waves and blocking. Mon. Wea. Rev. 110, 1105-1145.

Pierrehumbert RT , and S. E. Widnall 1982: The two and three dimensional instabilities of a spatially periodic free shear layer. J. Fluid Mech. 114, 59-82.


Pierrehumbert RT , and S. E. Widnall 1981: The structure of organized vortices in a free shear layer. J. Fluid Mech. 102, 301-313.

Pierrehumbert RT 1980: The Structure and Stability of Large Vortices in an Inviscid Flow. Ph.D. Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Pierrehumbert, R. T. 1980: A family of steady, translating vortex pairs with distributed vorticity. J. Fluid Mech. 99, 129-144.