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Roger Revelle Medal

Information on the Revelle Medal

The Roger Revelle Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition of outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.

The Revelle Medal is named in honor of Roger Revelle, an oceanographer who made substantial contributions to the awareness of global climate change. Revelle served as an AGU section president for the Ocean Sciences section (1956–1959). He was renowned for his significant contributions to the study of oceanography, including: pioneering work on carbon dioxide balance in the oceans and its effect on climate modification, fostering oceanographic exploration presaging plate tectonics, observations on the biological effects of radiation in the marine environment, and his studies of human population growth and global food supplies.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Roger Revelle Medal will receive an engraved medal, as well as the following benefits with the honor:

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    Awardee will be made an AGU Fellow (if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow)
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    Recognition in Eos
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    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 4
    Four complimentary hotel nights at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Eligibility

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

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    Nominees: The nominee should be a senior scientist, but is not required to be an active AGU member. They should be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.

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    Nominators: Nominators must be active AGU members and in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy. Duplicate nominations for the same individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.

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    Supporters: Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members but must be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.

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Nomination package

Your nomination package must contain all of the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document. For detailed information on the requirements, review the Union Awards, Medals and Prizes Frequently Asked Questions.

  • A nomination letter with one-sentence citation (150 characters or less). Letterhead stationery is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee. Include the candidate’s name, address and email, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications and the number published by AGU.
  • Three letters of support not including the nomination letter. Letterhead is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

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Criteria

Revelle medalists are selected for their fundamental scientific contributions, the overall breadth and impact of the science, and leadership in climate science (generally applied). Contributions to AGU are used as a secondary criterion in the case a tie breaker is required.

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Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2020 AGU Union awards, medals, and prizes is now open until 15 March. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

Eugenia Kalnay

2019

Isaac M. Held

2018

Kevin E. Trenberth

2017

Ellen R. M. Druffel

2016

Anne M. Thompson

2015

Christopher Field

2014

Kuo-Nan Liou

2013

Steven C. Wofsy

2012

Owen Brian Toon

2011

Pieter P. Tans

2010

Jorge L. Sarmiento

2009

Michael L. Bender

2008

Richard B. Alley

2007

John E. Kutzbach

2006

Inez Fung

2004

Jean Jouzel

2003

Ralph J. Cicerone

2002

James Hansen

2001

James R. Holton

2000

John Michael Wallace

1999

Harold S. Johnston

1998

Hans A. Oeschger

1997

Robert E. Dickinson

1996

Wallace Broecker

1995

F. Sherwood Rowland

1994

Syukuro Manabe

1993

Edward N. Lorenz

1992

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]