Hun Baek

Yale University Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences



I am a Flint Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences of Yale University. I research large-scale hydroclimate variability using a combination of climate reconstructions, observational data, and climate model simulations.


PhD, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, 2015-2020
BA, Environmental Science, Columbia College, 2010-2014


Richard Foster Flint Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University
Travel Support, US Climate Variability and Predictability: The Large Ensembles Workshop
Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Research Fellowship
Dean's Fellow (5-yr full-funding), Columbia University

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Baek, S.H., Y. Kushnir, W.A. Robinson, J.M. Lora, D.E. Lee, M. Ting (2021). An Atmospheric Bridge Between the Subpolar and Tropical Atlantic Regions: A Perplexing Asymmetric Teleconnection, Geophysical Research Letters

Baek, S.H. and J.M. Lora (2021). Counterbalancing Influences of Aerosols and GHGs on Atmospheric Rivers, Nature Climate Change

Scholz, S.R., R. Seager, M. Ting, Y. Kushnir, J.E. Smerdon, B.I. Cook, E.R. Cook, S.H. Baek (2021) Changing hydroclimate dynamics and the 19th to 20th century wetting trend in the English Channel region of northwest Europe, Climate Dynamics

Baek, S.H., J.E. Smerdon, B.I. Cook, A.P. Williams (2021). US Pacific Coastal Droughts are Predominantly Driven by Internal Atmospheric Variability, Journal of Climate

Baek, S.H., J.E. Smerdon, G. Dobrin, J. Naimark, E.R. Cook, B.I. Cook, R. Seager, M.A. Cane, S.R. Scholz (2020). A Quantitative Hydroclimatic Context for the European Great Famine of 1315-1317, Communications Earth & Environment

Williams, A.P, E.R. Cook, J.E. Smerdon, B.I. Cook, J.T. Abatzoglou, K. Bolles, S.H. Baek, A. Badger, B. Livneh (2020). Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to a deveoping North American megadrought, Science

Baek, S.H., N.J. Stieger, J.E. Smerdon, and R. Seager (2019). Oceanic drivers of widespread summer drought in the United States over the Common Era, Geophysical Research Letters

Baek, S.H., J.E. Smerdon, R. Seager, A.P. Williams, and B.I. Cook (2019). Pacific Ocean forcing and atmospheric variability are the dominant causes of spatially widespread droughts in the contiguous United States, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres

Hydro2K Consortium: J.E. Smerdon, J. Luterbacher, S. Phipps, K.J. Anchukaitis, T.R. Ault, S. Coats, K.M. Cobb, B.I. Cook, C. Colose, T. Felis, A. Gallant, J.H. Jungclaus, B. Konecky, A. LeGrande, S. Lewis, A. S. Lopatka, W. Man, J.S. Mankin, J.T. Maxwell, B.L. Otto-Bliesner, J.W. Partin, D. Singh, N.J. Steiger, S. Stevenson, J.E. Tierney, D. Zanchettin, H. Zhang, A. Atwood, L. Andreu-Hayles, S.H. Baek, B. Buckley, E.R. Cook, R. D'Arrigo, S.G. Dee, M. Griffiths, C. Kulkarni, Y. Kushnir, F. Lehner, C. Leland, H.W. Linderholm, A. Okazaki, J. Palmer, E. Piovano, C.C. Raible, M. P. Rao, J. Scheff, G.A. Schmidt, R. Seager, M. Widmann, A.P. Williams, E. Xoplaki, (2017). Comparing proxy and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era, Climate of the Past

Baek, S.H., J.E. Smerdon, S. Coats, A.P. Williams, B.I. Cook, E.R. Cook, and R. Seager (2017). Precipitation, Temperature, and Teleconnection Signals across the Combined North American, Monsoon Asia, and Old World Drought Atlases, Journal of Climate


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