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Distinguished Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

From New Zealand, Kevin Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist at NCAR, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where he has worked since 1984. After a doctoral degree at MIT, and a stint as a professor at University of Illinois, he joined NCAR. He has been heavily engaged in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (and shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007), and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). He recently chaired the Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) program under WCRP. He has over 247 refereed journal articles and over 530 publications and is one of the most highly cited scientists in geophysics.


  • –present
    Distinguished Senior Scientist, Climate Analysis, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • 1984–2012
    Research climate scientist, NCAR


  • 1972 
    MIT, Sc.D. meteorology

Research Areas

  • Climate Change Processes (040104)
  • Surfacewater Hydrology (040608)
  • Atmospheric Dynamics (040102)


NCAR Distinguished Achievement Award 2003; Jule G. Charney award, American Meteorological Society, 2000; Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water: Surface water prize (joint award with Aiguo Dai for $133,000), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 2013. AGU’s 2013 Climate Communication Prize ($25,000) December 2013.