Trevor Davies

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests:

Air pollution, pollution transport and acidic deposition

Snow-pack melt processes and chemical hydrology

Amospheric circulations and climate change

Wind energy


Applied interests:

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.


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DAVIES, T.D., VINCENT, C.E. and BRIMBLECOMBE, P. (1982)  Preferential elution of strong acids from a Norwegian ice cap.  Nature 300(5888), 161-163.

DAVIES, T.D., ABRAHAMS, P.W., TRANTER, M., BLACKWOOD, I., BRIMBLECOMBE, P. and VINCENT, C.E. (1984)  Black acidic snow in the remote Scottish Highlands.  Nature 312, 58-61.

DAVIES, T.D., KELLY, P.M., BRIMBLECOMBE, P., FARMER, G. and BARTHELMIE, R.J. (1986)  Acidity of Scottish rainfall influenced by climatic change.  Nature 322(6077), 359-36l.

FARMER, G., DAVIES, T.D., BARTHELMIE, R., BRIMBLECOMBE, P. and KELLY, P.M. (1987)  Relationships between concentration and deposition of nitrate and sulphate in precipitation. Nature 328(6133), 787-789.

TRANTER, M., ABRAHAMS, P.W., BLACKWOOD, I.L., BRIMBLECOMBE, P. and DAVIES, T.D. (1988)  The impact of a single black snowfall on streamwater chemistry in the Scottish highlands.  Nature 332(6167), 826-829.

DAVIES T.D., TRANTER, M., JICKELLS, T.D., ABRAHAMS, P.W., LANDSBERGER, S., JARVIS, K. and PIERCE, C.E. (1992)  Heavily contaminated snowfalls in the remote Scottish Highlands: a consequence of regional-scale mixing and transport.  Atmos.Environ. 26A, 95‑112.

DAVIES, T.D., TRANTER, M., WIGINGTON, P.J. and ESHLEMAN, K. (1992)  Acidic episodes in surface waters in Europe. Journ. Hydrology 132, 25-69.

DAVIES, T.D., KELLY, P.M., LOW, P.S. and PIERCE, C.E. (1992) Surface ozone concentrations in Europe: links with the regional-scale atmospheric circulation.  J.Geophys.Res. 97(D9), 9819-9832.

DORLING, S.R., DAVIES, T.D. and PIERCE, C.E. (1992) Cluster analysis:   A technique for  estimating the synoptic meteorological controls on air and precipitation chemistry – method and applications. Atmos.Environ. 26A, 2575-2581.

DAVIES, T.D. and SCHUEPBACH E. (1994)  Episodes of high ozone concentrations at the Earth’s surface resulting from transport down from the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere. Atmos.Environ. 28(1), 53‑68.

DAVIES, T.D., PALUTIKOF, J.P., GUO, X., BERKOFSKY, L. and HALLIDAY, J.A. (1995).  Development and testing of a two-dimensional downslope wind model.  Boundary Layer Meteorology 73, 279-297.

EVANS, C., DAVIES, T.D. (1998).  Causes of concentration/discharge hysteresis, and its potential as a tool for analysis of episode hydrochemistry.  Water Resources Research 34(1), 129-137.

SCHUEPBACH, E., DAVIES, T.D., MASSACAND, A.C., WERNLI, H. (1999). Mesoscale modelling of vertical atmospheric transport in the Alps associated with the advection of a tropopause fold – a winter ozone episode.  Atmos. Environment 33, 3613-3626.

TRIGO, I., DAVIES, T.D., BIGG, G.R. (1999)  Objective climatology of cyclones in the Mediterranean Region.  J. Climate 12, 1685- 1696.

JONES, P.D., DAVIES, T.D., and 20 others (1999) Monthly mean pressure reconstructions for Europe for the 1780-1995 period. Internat. J. Climatology 19, 347-364.

TRIGO, I. F., DAVIES, T. D., BIGG, G. R. (2000). Decline in Mediterranean rainfall caused by weakening of Mediterranean cyclones in response to northwards migration of Atlantic storm-tracks. Geophysical Research Letters  27(18), 2913-2916.

YAN, Z., JONES, P.D., MOBERG, A., BERGSTROM, H., DAVIES, T.D., YANG, C. (2001). Recent trends in weather and seasonal cycles – an analysis of daily data for Europe and China. J. Geophys. Res. 106, 5123-5138.

SLONOSKY, V.C., JONES, P.D., DAVIES, T.D. (2001).  Atmospheric circulation variability and surface temperature in Europe for the 18th Century to 1995. Int. J. Climatology, 21, 6375.

LUTERBACHER, J., XOPLAKI,E., DIETRICH, D., JONES, P.D., DAVIES, T.D., PORTIS, D., GONZALEZ-ROUCO, J.F., von STORCH, H., GYALISTRAS, D., CASTY, C., WANNER, H. (2002). Extending North Atlantic Oscillation reconstructions back to 1500. Atmos. Sci. Lett., 2, 114-124 (doi:10.1006/asle.2001.0044).

TRIGO, I. F., BIGG, G. R., DAVIES, T. D. (2002). A climatology of cyclogenesis mechanisms in the Mediterranean. Monthly Weather Review 130, 549-569.


Hanson, C; Palutikof, J; Davies, T

Objective cyclone climatologies of the North Atlantic - a comparison between the ECMWF and NCEP Reanalyses Journal Article

In: Climate Dynamics, 22 (6-7), pp. 757-769, 2004.


Trevor Davies


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