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Professor of Climate System Science, The University of Edinburgh
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Gabi Hegerl is a climate scientist who focuses on identifying the drivers and mechanisms of observed climate change. Gabi published some of the first studies determining that recent warming is statistically different from climate variability, and pioneered a method that distinguishes between possible causes for climate change, such as greenhouse gas increases or changes in the sun. Gabi’s recent work has shown that human influences have changed global precipitation patterns and has made contributions to determining the causes of changing characteristics of extreme weather events, and she is presently studying extreme events of the past, such as the US dustbowl heat waves. Gabi is co-leading the World Climate Research program’s grand challenge on extreme events and has had key roles in scientific assessments of climate change (IPCC). She is a fellow of the Royal Society, Leopoldina, the American Geophysical Union, and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.