Dr Kevin Edward Trenberth

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand B.Sc. (HONS First Class): 1966 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts Meteorology, Sc.D.: 1972

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Honorary Academic


National Center for Atmospheric Research:  Scientist III  1984–1986; Senior Scientist 1986–   ; Head, Climate Analysis Section  1987– 2011; Deputy Director, CGD 1991–1995; Distinguished Scholar 2019.

University of Illinois 1977 -1984: Associate Professor Meteorology  1977–1982; Professor of Meteorology 1982–1984;  Adjunct Professor           1984–1989

New Zealand Meteorological Service 1966-1977: Junior forecaster, research  1966–1968; M.I.T. graduate student   1968–1972;  Research meteorologist  1972–1977; Superintendent -dynamic meteorology 1977.       

Editor, Monthly Weather Review 1981–1987; Associate Editor, Monthly Weather Review  1986–1988

Associate Editor, J. Climate  1987–1995; Editor, Earth Interactions  1996–1998.

Research | Current

Kevin Trenberth is the author of 567 publications plus 4 videos; including 65 books or book chapters, 281 journal articles, 23 Tech. Notes, 117 proceedings or preprints, and 81 other articles, plus four videos, plus 4 videos, and many blogs.   On the Web of Science, there are over 40,300 citations and an H index of 91 (91 publications have 91 or more citations). On Google Scholar, there are > 96,100 citations and an H index of 121 (or 74 since 2015).


Fellow AMS (1985-), AAAS (1994-), AGU (2006-); Honorary Fellow Royal Society of New Zealand (1995-).  NCAR Distinguished Achievement Award 2003 (only 3 ever given); Editor’s awards: AMS 1989; AGU  2007. AMS Jule G. Charney award 2002. Nobel Laureate (shared) for Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (as part of IPCC).  Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, 2013. AGU Climate Communication Prize, 2013; AGU Roger Revelle Medal 2017; John Ludwick lecture, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va 30 April-2 May 2018; Bownocker medal and lectures, The Ohio State University, 27-28 September 2018; Julian E. Mack Lecture, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Oct 4-5, 2018; Tzvi Gal-Chen Memorial Lecture and medal 2018, University of Oklahoma, 27 Oct, 2018; Edward Kidson medal, Meteorological Society of New Zealand, December, 2018; Research grants from NOAA, NSF, NASA, DOE. NCAR Distinguished Scholar, 2019.

Areas of expertise

Climate science, hydrological cycle, energy cycle, climate observations and analysis

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Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 6, Room 618
New Zealand

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