Kevin Trenberth to be awarded medal by AGU | The Meteorological Society of New Zealand

Kevin Trenberth to be awarded medal by AGU

Today the American Geophysical Union announced its medal and award winners for 2017.  

The list includes Dr Kevin E Trenberth, an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ, and a New Zealander by birth. 

  He is a member of the Met Soc of NZ.

Kevin Trenberth is a distinguished Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology in 1972 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked in New Zealand for several years (1966-68, 1972-77) before joining University of Illinois (1977-84), leaving as a full Professor for NCAR in 1984.

Dr. Kevin E Trenberth was nominated for  AGU’s Roger Revelle Medal  for his outstanding research breakthroughs in several areas and his leadership in the World Climate Research Program, the IPCC and U.S. national research programs.  Of particular note is his research in climate event attribution, which is finally becoming recognized and is transformative, his leadership in understanding the Earth’s energy imbalance, and the planet’s energy and water cycles.  He has also been the most prominent initiator and long-term advocate for atmospheric reanalysis, as well as the development of a comprehensive end-to-end climate information system. These research activities are described further below.  He has been more involved in the World Climate Research Programme than anyone else, as a leader in TOGA (U.S. and International, 1986-95), the initial co-chair of the International CLIVAR project (1996-99), chair of the WCRP Observations and Assimilation Panel (2004-10), and Chair of GEWEX (2010-13), as well as a member of several steering groups and committees, and prolonged service (1999-2006) on the Joint Scientific Committee of the WCRP.  He is the only person serving continuously on one (or often more) WCRP committees from the initiation of the WCRP to the present.  He currently co-chairs the CLIVAR “CONCEPT-HEAT” project. He was also a Convening Lead Author of the second IPCC Assessment Report, a Lead Author in the Third report, a Coordinating Lead Author in the Fourth Report, and a Review Editor in the Fifth Assessment, among other roles.  He has published prodigiously on important topics and has many high impact publications with an average citation rate of well over 120 citations per 260 or so refereed papers and an H index of 105 (Google Scholar).  He has also participated extensively in outreach and communication of the science to the public, resulting in the award of AGU’s Climate Communication Prize. He has been and is also a member of many U.S. national committees, especially for NOAA.  He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

This medal is given in recognition for “outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.”   The medal will be presented at the AGU Fall meeting in New Orleans on 13 December 2017.

Back to top