Air pollution, pollution transport and acidic deposition
Snow-pack melt processes and chemical hydrology
Amospheric circulations and climate change
Low-carbon practices and innovations
Art and science collaborations on climate change
Research programmes have included expedition work on snow and ice in high latitudes and at high elevations.
Trevor has spent most of his career at UEA, starting as Lecturer in Meteorology and Climatology in 1970, then becoming Reader in Atmospheric Sciences, and Professor of Environmental Sciences. He was Director of the Climatic Research Unit from 1993 to 1998, when he became Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences until 2004, when he took up the position of UEA Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, Enterprise and Engagement. This continued until 2011, when he became Pro Vice-Chancellor with special responsibility for the Fudan Tyndall Centre. From 2011 to 2014 he was Distinguished Professor and Director of the Fudan Tyndall Centre, Fudan University in Shanghai, when he was also Director for International Development in the Tyndall Centre.
Whilst Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences, he initiated and undertook the first stage of planning for the successful application for the establishment of the Tyndall Centre. He established permanent Faculty positions for a number of Climatic Research Unit researchers. He played a strategic management role in the initiation of successful major capital and infra-structure bids from the School of Environmental Sciences, and in the initial stages of the closer integration of institutional effort which led to the much greater prominence of, and allocation of major Research Council funding to, the Norwich Research Park.
He initiated much of the low-carbon activities at UEA, and directed CRed, the community carbon reduction project, which was established in 2003 as a collaborative programme between communities, local authorities, major corporates and SMEs. He also directed Carbon Connections, established in 2006, which financially supported low carbon innovation collaborations (technological and behavioural) between businesses and UK universities, as well as directing the Low Carbon Innovation Centre which was established in 2008. He is a former Council Member of the Natural Environment Research Council.
His current activities include: Transitions, which is an international art-science project focussing on climate change, and which is collaborating with the Climatic Research Unit; and advising Urban Catalyst on the planning and delivery of lowest-possible carbon urban developments.