• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Kristie Ebi

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

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Kristie L. Ebi is the Rohm & Haas Endowed Professorship in Public Health Sciences and she been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for twenty years.  Her research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases.  She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments.  She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID, and others. She also is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessjment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios.  Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 180 publications.

  • PhD (University of Michigan)
  • MPH (University of Michigan)
  • MS (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • BS (Michigan State University)
Country Affiliations 
  • English
Health Topics 
  • Adult Mortality
  • Biostatistics
  • Burden of Disease
  • Environmental Health (incl. Climate Change)

Health risks of and responses to global change, particularly climate change.


Ebi, K., & Bowen, K. J. (2016). Extreme events as sources of health vulnerability: Drought as an example. Weather and Climate Extremes, 11, 95–102. doi:10.1016/j.wace.2015.10.001

Ebi, K., Hess, J. J., & Isaksen, T. B. (2016). Using Uncertain Climate and Development Information in Health Adaptation Planning. Current Environmental Health Reports, 1-7. doi:10.1007/s40572-016-0077-0

Ebi, K. L., & Prats, E. V. (2015). Health in National Climate Change Adaptation Planning. Annals of Global Health, 81(3), 418-426. doi:10.1016/j.aogh.2015.07.001

Ebi KL. Health in the new scenarios for climate change research. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2014; 10, 1-x manuscripts; doi:10.3390/ijerph100x000x

Ebi KL, Hallegatte S, Kram T, Arnell NW, Carter TR, Edmonds J, Kriegler E, Mathur R, O’Neill BC, Kewyan R, Winkler H, van Vuuren DP, Zwickel T. A new scenario framework for climate change research: background, process, and future directions. Climatic Change 2014, DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0912-3