Short CV/Education and training


  • 2009
    Chair of Climate System Science, GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

  • 2007
    Reader, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

  • 2001 – 2007
    Associate Research Professor, Div. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University Durham, NC (presently on leave)

  • 1999 – 2001
    Associate Research Scientist, Dept. of Oceanography/Atmospheric Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

  • 1997 – 1999
    Visiting Scientist, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • 1992 – 1997
    Postdoctoral and later research Scientist, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg, Germany


  • 1992
    Ph. D. in Mathematics (Numerical Fluid Dynamics), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

  • 1987
    Diploma (equ. M.S.) in Mathematics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

Selected publications

  • Hegerl G. C., Hasselmann K., Cubasch U., Mitchell, J. F. B., Roeckner E., Voss, R. and Waszkewitz J. (1997): Multi-fingerprint detection and attribution analysis of greenhouse gas, greenhouse gas-plus-aerosol and solar forced climate change. Climate Dynamics, 13, 613-634.

  • Hegerl G. C., T. Crowley, W. T. Hyde and D. Frame (2006): Climate sensitivity constrained by temperature reconstructions of the last seven centuries, Nature, 440, doi:10.1038/nature04679.

  • Zhang, X., F. W. Zwiers, G. C. Hegerl, N. Gillett, H. Lambert, S. Solomon, P. Stott and T. Nozawa (2007): Detection of Human Influence on 20th Century Precipitation Trends. Nature, 468, 448, 461-466.

  • Hegerl, G. C., F. W. Zwiers, P. Braconnot, N. P. Gillett, Y. Luo, J. Marengo, N. Nicholls, J. E. Penner and P. A, Stott: Understanding and Attributing Climate Change. In: S. Solomon et al. (ed.) Climate Change 2007. The Fourth Scientific Assessment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 663-745.

  • Knutti, R and G. Hegerl (2008): The equilibrium sensitivity of Earth's temperature to radiation changes. Nature GeoSciences,(1), no 11, 735-743.

  • Min, S.-K, X. Zhang, F. W. Zwiers and G. C. Hegerl (2011): Human contribution to more intense precipitation extremes. Nature 470, 376-379.

  • Hegerl, G. C, J. Luterbacher, F. Gonzalez-Ruoco, S.F.B. Tett and E. Xoplaki (2011): Influence of human and natural forcing on European seasonal temperatures. Nature GeoScience, 4, 99-103.

  • Hegerl, G.C. and F.W. Zwiers (2011): Use of models in detection and attribution of climate change. WIRES: Climate Change, 2, 570-591.

  • Mahlstein I., Hegerl G.C. and Solomon, S. (2012): Emerging local warming signals in observational data. GRL 39, L21711, doi:10.1029/2012GL053952, 2012.

  • Polson D., G.C. Hegerl, R.P. Allan and B. Balan-Sarojini (2013) Have greenhouse gases intensified the contrast between wet and dry regions? Geophys. Res. Let 40, 1-5 doi:10.1002/grl.50923, 2013.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • WCRP/CLIVAR member

Media coverage

  • Multiple

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family: married, two sons

  • Other activities and interests: application of statistics in climate science; interested in role of women in science, and gender issues


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