Jacob Bjerknes Lecture
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Award Type
Section Lectures
Of Note
Invitation to present at annual meeting;
Peer nomination required
Submission Window
17 January - 27 March
Established 1989

Recognizing Advances in the Understanding of the Atmosphere and Earth’s Climate

The Jacob Bjerknes Lecture is presented annually to a scientist who has made a major scientific impact in advancing the basic understanding of the atmosphere and Earth’s climate. Established in 1993, the Bjerknes Lecture honors the life of Jacob Aall Bonnevie Bjerknes (1897-1975) and his work in developing the basic theory of fronts, cyclogenesis, weather prediction, and creating quantitative models for forecasting.

The Bjerknes Lecture is also a part of the Bowie Lecture Series, established to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, AGU's highest honor.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A lecture certificate
  • Recognition in Eos
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • An invitation to present the Bjerknes Lecture at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • A ticket to the Atmospheric Sciences business meeting at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded

About the Atmospheric Sciences Section

The Atmospheric Sciences Section studies the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere, particularly the two layers closest to Earth’s surface, the stratosphere and troposphere. These layers are crucial to life because they regulate the planetary surface temperature, play an integral role in the world’s water cycle, and screen the planet from high-energy radiation.


The nominee must be an active AGU member.
  • Members of the general public can submit nominations for the Lecture.
  • Multiple nominators for a single candidate are encouraged to collaborate on the nomination package.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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