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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


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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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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Past recipients


Year of honor

Claire L. Parkinson

Eugenia Kalnay


Isaac M. Held


Kevin E. Trenberth


Ellen R. M. Druffel


Anne M. Thompson


Christopher Field


Kuo-Nan Liou


Steven C. Wofsy


Owen Brian Toon


Pieter P. Tans


Jorge L. Sarmiento


Michael L. Bender


Richard B. Alley


John E. Kutzbach


Inez Fung


Jean Jouzel


Ralph J. Cicerone


James Hansen


James R. Holton


John Michael Wallace


Harold S. Johnston


Hans A. Oeschger


Robert E. Dickinson


Wallace Broecker


F. Sherwood Rowland


Syukuro Manabe


Edward N. Lorenz


Honors Contacts

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Artesha Moore

Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement & Membership

202-777-7530 | [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]