I am a climate impact scientist with a special interest in human health and aquatic systems. In my research I have employed various quantitative modeling techniques to analyze empirical data.
Climate impacts on human health
My current research concerns climate impacts on human health. In particular, I am interested in effects of climate change on temperature-related mortality in Germany, Spain, and around the globe. Most recently, I have worked on including adaptation into projections of temperature-related mortality, and the attribution of heat-related mortality to recent climate change. In addition, I have been involved in studies projecting water-borne disease outcomes under different climate change trajectories.
Climate impacts on phytoplankton
Previously, I have investigated the effect of multiple anthropogenic influences on lake ecosystems. In particular, I have studied the effects of climatic change and nutrient enrichment on phytoplankton phenology in lakes of the temperate zone. I have also investigated the risk of increased toxic cyanobacterial blooms under global warming, with a special focus on heat wave impacts.
Temperature-related mortality in German cities
Huber, V., Krummenauer, L, Peña-Ortiz, C., Lange, S., Gasparrini, A., Vicedo-Cabrera, A.M., Garcia-Herrera, R., Frieler, K. (2020) Temperature-related excess mortality in German cities at 2°C and higher degrees of global warming. Environmental Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109447
Heat waves and harmful algal blooms
Huber, V., D. Gerten and R. Adrian (2012) To bloom or not to bloom: Contrasting responses of cyanobacteria to recent heat waves explained by critical thresholds of abiotic drivers. Oecologia 169(1): 245-256, (doi) 10.1007/s00442-011-2186-7
A popular science publication on global sustainability
Schellnhuber, H. J., M. Molina, N. Stern, V. Huber and S. Kadner (eds.) Global Sustainability – A Nobel Cause. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, USA,ISBN-13: 9780521769341, pp. 392, 2010
IN THE MEDIA
On climate change and heat-related mortality (in Spanish)
Facua y Cambio Climático, September 29, 2021, Andalucia,