School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Te Kura Matū Seminar Series



Kevin E. Trenberth


Auckland University and The National Centre of Atmospheric Research

Time & Place

Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:00:43 NZDT in Rehau Building, Room 529

All are welcome


Earth's energy imbalance is caused by increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and its partitioning between atmospheric, ocean, cryosphere and land heat reservoirs govern the rate at which the global climate evolves.  Most of the imbalance, over 90%, goes into the ocean and accordingly ocean heat content (OHC) provides a primary indicator of climate change, along with sea level rise.  On land and in the atmosphere, major changes occur in extremes of the water cycle and storms with prospects for more intense droughts, heat waves and wildfires, as well as heavy rains and flooding. By adopting a holistic approach that includes top-of-atmosphere (TOA) radiation, vertically-integrated atmospheric energy transports, surface fluxes, and ocean transports, closure of the energy and water cycles on regional scales can be achieved.  However, addressing the major challenges would provide a way to advance the science and prediction of climate.


All Welcome


Kevin Trenberth, from New Zealand and a University of Canterbury alumnus, is a Distinguished Scholar at NCAR in Boulder and an Honorary Academic in the Department of Physics, Auckland University, New Zealand.  He worked for NCAR for 35 years, and played a major leadership role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) for more than 20 years.  He is a fellow of the AMS, AAAS, AGU, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi and has received a number of awards.  He has over 285 refereed articles, and a new book about to be published. From 1996 until 2019 he ranked first in the number of highly cited papers published out of all 223,246 published environmental scientists.  


Note COVID lockdown could prevent Kevin from travelling, in which case the seminar will be postponed.