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I am a climate impacts 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.

I am currently an external Postdoc associated with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), working in the coordination team of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP).

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CURRENT RESEARCH

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Climate impacts on human health

My most recent research interest concerns climate impacts on human health. In particular, I have worked on temperature-related mortality and its representation in integrated assessment models. Moreover, I am interested in the consequences of climate change for the prevalence of water-borne diseases.

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Climate impacts on phytoplankton

I have also worked on 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.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Damage functions of temperature-related mortality

Huber, V., D., Ibarreta and K. Frieler (2017) Cold and Heat Related Mortality: A Cautionary Note on Current Damage Functions with Net Benefits from Climate Change. Climatic Change, doi: 10.1007/s10584-017-1956-6

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

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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

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IN THE MEDIA

On the limits of adaptation to climate change (in German)

3 Sat nano, Effizienterer Klimaschutz, May 27, 2013

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