Gregor Leckebusch

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Dr Leckebusch offers a wide range of postgraduate supervision, spanning from pure meteorological topics (eg, studies to extreme wind storms) to impact research (eg, trends of forest fire under future climate conditions) and welcomes applications from potential doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.


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Professor Gregor Leckebusch studied Meteorology at the University of Cologne (Germany), where he completed his PhD on meteorological diagnostics of polar ice cores by means of paleoclimate model simulations. He subsequently worked as a Postdoc to regional extreme event modelling and impact assessment. He was Associate Professor from 2004 to 2010 (Habilitation 2009) at Freie University of Berlin (Institute for Meteorology) and Acting Chair of Dynamical Meteorology at the University of Leipzig (2010/2011) before he joined the University of Birmingham in 2011. He was Director of the NERC DTP CENTA (2019-2022). Since 2019, he is Professor of Meteorology and Climatology and was appointed UK Met Office Joint Chair at the University of Birmingham in October 2022.

Research interests

Professor Gregor Leckebusch played a leading role (i.a. PI, Co-I) in more than 30 national and international research and training grants from public and private sources with a total awarded funding volume of over £13m . He has published about 70 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and his work is cited over 6000 times (Google Scholar/ISI > 3000) with an h-index of 34/27. He is Convener of the EGU session "Mid-latitude Cyclones and Storms: Diagnostics of Observed and Future Trends, and related Impacts", which he initialised, since 2009. He has sustained industry collaborations with world-leading re-insurance and CAT modelling companies, which funded several of his projects (e.g., SwissRe, CoreLogic-EQECAT, RPI2.0). Recent research grants include industry sponsored or collaborative grants to highly relevant topics like e.g., to parametric insurance thresholds of Typhoons (NERC, collaboration with SwissRe Beijing), to questions of interannual variability of extreme hazards in the Atlantic (European storms and Hurricanes; CoreLogic) and the Northwest Pacific Ocean/China (UK Met Office & Newton Fund: PRE-CAX), to questions of potential global connectivity between synoptic-scale hazards (SwissRe), and to the risk of post-tropical cyclones in the North-Atlantic (NERC Large Grant: HURACAN led by the University of Reading). Prof. Leckebusch is member of the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS; 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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