Kevin Trenberth

Kevin Trenberth is a Distinguished Scholar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He has been prominent in all aspects of climate variability and climate change research. His current research focuses on the global energy and water cycles and how they are changing.

He has published over 560 scientific articles or papers, including 47 books or book chapters and over 200 refereed journal articles. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the 1995 and 2007 scientific assessment reports and a Lead Author of the 2001 scientific assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

He served from 1999 to 2006 on the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and he was co-chair of the CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability) Scientific Steering Group from 1996-1999, chaired the WCRP Observation and Assimilation Panel from 2004 to 2010 and now chairs the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) scientific steering group. He has also served on many national committees.

Kevin is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2000, he received the Jule G. Charney award from the AMS and in 2003 he was given the NCAR Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013 he was the recipient of AGU’s prestigious Climate Communication Prize. Born in New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology in 1972 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Outside of Science: Kevin was a rugby player in New Zealand. He now plays golf.