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Hydrologic Sciences Award

Information on the award

The Hydrologic Sciences Award, which was known as the Robert E. Horton Award from 1956 to 1998, is presented annually and recognizes outstanding contributions to the science of hydrology over the course of the awardees’ careers. Successful nominees are senior scientists, with an emphasis on their contributions over the past five years.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Hydrologic Sciences Award will receive the following benefits along with the honor:

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    Award certificate

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    Recognition in Eos

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    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

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    Complimentary meeting registration the year the award is presented

  • 5

    Complimentary ticket to the Hydrology section luncheon that occurs at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and Hydrologic Sciences Award Committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be candidates for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Hydrologic Sciences Award Committee members
    • All full-time AGU staff; and
    • AGU Fellows.

  • Nominators are not required to hold an active AGU membership.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominators for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Hydrologic Sciences Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Hydrologic Sciences Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the Award Committee but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process. These apply to committee members, nominators, and supporters:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the award nomination process as a nominator or supporter:

  • Family member, spouse, or partner.
  • A previous graduate (Master’s or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
  • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.

Nomination process

The Hydrology Section has adopted a two-round process for its Section Awards to allow a more flexible, open and efficient development of the Section’s talent pool. The first round of nominations, open from 15 October 2019 through 15 February 2020 requires only a letter from the lead nominator and nominee’s CV and an optional Selected Bibliography. The procedures and requirements for both first and second round packages are outlined below. Submission information is located on the submissions tab:

First Round Requirements:
  •  Nomination letter, no more than two pages in length, stressing the nominee’s qualifications to meet the selection criteria and qualifications as stated in the award description. The nomination letter must also list at least three potential writers of letters of support.
  • The nominee’s CV, no more than two pages in length, and containing the following information as a minimum: CVs must list all the following candidate information: name, mailing and email address, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A Selected Bibliography, no more than two pages in length, may be included in the first round nomination package, but is not required for first round consideration. The Selected Bibliography should briefly state the total number and types of publications; specify the number published in AGU publications. For example: “Jane Doe is the author of 92 publications, 86 in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 14 of which have been published in AGU journals and books. The following selected list best supports Jane’s nomination for AGU Fellow.”

Second Round Requirements:
  • The nomination letter, no more than two pages in length, should stress the nominee’s qualifications to meet the selection criteria and qualifications. The letter should include details about the nominee’s lifetime contributions to the science of hydrology or unselfish cooperation in hydrologic research.
  • The nominee’s CV will be no more than two pages in length and contain the following information as a minimum: CVs must list all the following candidate information: name, mailing and email address, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A Selected Bibliography, no more than two pages in length, must be included. The Selected Bibliography should briefly state the total number and types of publications; specify the number published in AGU publications. For example: “Jane Doe is the author of 92 publications, 86 in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 14 of which have been published in AGU journals and books. The following selected list best supports Jane’s nomination for AGU Fellow.”
  • Up to three letters of support, each no more than two pages in length.

For any questions on the process, timing or any issues, please contact Antonio Covington or Scott Tyler, Section President

 

Submission process

The Hydrology Section has adopted a two-round process for its Section awards to allow a more flexible, open, and efficient development of the Section's talent pool. 

First round nomination packages are to be emailed directly to Antonio Covington and received by no later than midnight EST on 15 February 2020.

Second round notification to all nominators will occur on or around 1 March 2020. Full nomination packages are due to AGU through the online award nomination system by 15 April 2020. 

 

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

William P. Kustas  2019

Bridget Scanlon

2018

Elfatih A. B. Eltahir

2017

Amilcare Porporato

2016

Dara Entekhabi

2015

Diane McKnight

2014

P.C.D. (Chris) Milly

2013

Gabriel Katul

2012

Peter Kitanidis

2011

Murugesu Sivapalan

2010

Marc B. Parlange

2009

Desmond E. Walling

2008

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou

2007

John L. Wilson

2006

Michael A. Celia

2005

Yoram Rubin

2004

Thomas J. Jackson

2003

Ed Sudicky

2002

W. James Shuttleworth

2001

Dennis P. Lettenmaier

2000

Andrea Rinaldo

1999

Roni Avissar

1998

Jean-Yves Parlange

1997

Richard B. Alley

1996

William E. Dietrich

1995

Ghislain de Marsily

1994

George Hornberger

1993

Fred J. Molz III

1992

Keith John Beven

1991

Garrison Sposito

1990

William W.G. Yeh

1989

Wilfried Brutsaert

1988

Thomas Dunne

1987

Roger E. Smith

1986

John A. Cherry

1985

Gedeon Dagan

1984

David A. Woolhiser

1983

Lynn W. Gelhar

1982

Rafael L. Bras

1981

Samuel C. Colbeck

1980

Peter S. Eagleson

1979

Hsieh W. Shen

1978

Eric F. Wood

1977

Russel Hamon

1976

Roland W. Jeppson

1976

Walter J. Rawls

1976

David L. Schrieber

1976

Jose M. Mejia

1975

Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

1975

J. Amorocho

1974

B. Espildora

1974

R. Allan Freeze

1973

Chih Ted Yang

1972

James Banner

1971

R. Allan Freeze

1971

S.P. Neuman

1970

P.A. Witherspoon

1970

John D. Bredehoeft

1969

G.F. Pinder

1969

N.C. Matalas

1968

C.H.M. van Bavel

1967

James R. Wallis

1966

Stanley A. Changnon, Jr.

1965

Floyd A. Huff

1965

Andrew E. Reisenauer

1964

I.G. Donaldson

1963

J. Weertman

1962

J.C.I. Dooge

1960

W.B. Langbein

1959

S.A. Schum

1959

Daniel A. deVries

1958

John R. Philip

1958

W.J. Kaufman

1957

G.T. Orlob

1957

C. Robert Hosler

1956

Charles L. Hosler

1956

Honors Contacts

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Robert Rader

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7418 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Antonio Covington

Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

202-777-7484 | [email protected]