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Bill Collins

climate scientist: Earth and Environmental Sciences

Media contact: Dan Krotz,, (510) 486-4019


Bill Collins is a leading climate scientist and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His research focuses on the changes in the energy balance of the Earth system and the implications of those changes for the future of our climate.

He is developing a new kind of climate model that integrates cutting-edge climate science. Its goal is not to predict climate alone but interactions among climate, water, and energy on a global scale. It will be able to incorporate fresh data and generate new scenarios at any point: energy demand and carbon emissions; changes in the composition of the atmosphere and the heat entering and leaving it; impacts on ecosystems and human well-being; and different strategies to mitigate or adapt to change.

He trained in physics and astrophysics at Princeton University and the University of Chicago.

Recent Publications

  • How much more global warming and sea level rise? Science, 307, 1769–1772., Santer, B.D.,

  • Modeled and observed lapse-rate changes in the deep tropics. Science, 309, 1551-1556.

Awards and Memberships

  • Contributor (lead author) for the Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

In the News


Ph.D., Astronomy and Astrophysics University of Chicago, 1988


Bill Collins defines climate change

2008 Science at the Theater lecture

last updated: 2017-08-04 10:23:03