Kevin E. Trenberth
|Kevin E. Trenberth|
|Born||8 November 1944
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Institutions||New Zealand Meteorological Service
University of Illinois
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sc.D. 1972)|
Diagram showing the Earth's energy balance
Kevin E. Trenberth is part of the Climate Analysis Section at the USA National Center for Atmospheric Research. He was a lead author of the 2001 and 2007 IPCC Scientific Assessment of Climate Change (see IPCC Fourth Assessment Report) and serves on the Scientific Steering Group for the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) program. In addition, he serves on the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme, and has made significant contributions to research into El Niño-Southern Oscillation.
He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2000, awarded the Jule G. Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society and the NCAR Distinguished Achievement Award in 2003.
Climatic Research Unit email controversy
In the Climatic Research Unit email controversy, one of Trenberth's emails was widely quoted by climate change skeptics. The quote being cited was "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't." With regard to the email being touted as evidence that Trenberth secretly acknowledging that the Earth wasn't warming as expected, Trenberth stated: "It is amazing to see this particular quote lambasted so often. It stems from a paper I published this year bemoaning our inability to effectively monitor the energy flows associated with short-term climate variability. It is quite clear from the paper that I was not questioning the link between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and warming, or even suggesting that recent temperatures are unusual in the context of short-term natural variability."
- "FAQ 1.1 Fig 1 – Estimate of the Earth’s annual and global mean energy balance", IPCC AR4 WG I, IPCC, 2007, p. 96
- Pearce, Fred, The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth about Global Warming, (2010) Guardian Books, ISBN 978-0-85265-229-9, p. XII–XIII.
- The Weather Factory: El Nino and Global Warming
- Kevin Trenberth on Hacking of Climate Files and "Climategate"
- Kevin E. Trenberth at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
- "How to Fix the Climate-Change Panel", Questions for climate modeller and IPCC insider Kevin E. Trenberth, IEEE Spectrum, Oct. 2010.