What an extraordinary privilege [it is to be] part of a community connected by a deep passion for advancing our understanding of complex scientific issues. How cool is that? And once in a while in your career, having the sense that you and you alone hold a tiny piece of the enormous climate change puzzle that nobody else in the world has – that feeling is priceless.
Ben Santer has already seen a significant number of people start listening to the science. As an Atmospheric Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Santer is working on identifying human factors in a number of different climate variables. His early research contributed to the historic “discernible human influence” conclusion of the 1995 Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
From his years with the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany working on the development of climate fingerprinting methods, Santer has consistently sought to reveal the ways in which humans affect this planet. His research focuses on such topics as climate model evaluation, the use of statistical methods in climate science, and identification of natural and anthropogenic “fingerprints” in observed climate records.
Santer's awards include the Norbert Gerbier–MUMM International Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s E.O. Lawrence Award.