Benjamin Santer

Dr. Benjamin Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ben’s early research contributed to the historic “discernible human influence” conclusion of the 1995 Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His recent work has attempted to identify human factors in a number of different climate variables.

Ben holds a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of East Anglia, England. He spent five years at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, and worked on the development and application of climate fingerprinting methods.

Ben served as convening lead author of the climate-change detection and attribution chapter of the 1995 IPCC report. He was the convening lead author of a key chapter of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program’s report on “Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere”. His awards include the Norbert Gerbier–MUMM International Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, the U.S. Department of Energy’s E.O. Lawrence Award, a Distinguished Scientist Fellowship from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, a Fellowship of the American Geophysical Union, and membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Outside of Science: Ben and his son Nicholas live in San Ramon, and enjoy exploring California. When he has time, he plays guitar and sings.