Willi Dansgaard Award
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Career Stage
Middle Career
Award Type
Section Award
Of Note
Invitation to present at annual meeting;
Peer nomination required
Submission Window
17 January - 27 March
Established 2015

Recognizing Significant Contributions to Paleoceanography or Paleoclimatology

The Willi Dansgaard Award is presented annually and recognizes significant contributions to the fields of paleoceanography or paleoclimatology from a mid-career scientist within eight to 20 years of receiving their Ph.D. Notable contributions can include the honoree’s high research impact, innovative interdisciplinary work, educational accomplishments, such as mentoring, or positive societal impact. This award also serves to acknowledge the awardee’s exceptional promise for continued leadership in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

Named in honor of Dr. Willi Dansgaard, a paleoclimate pioneer, especially regarding modern water isotope studies, this award is presented at the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section event during the AGU Fall Meeting.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • Award certificate
  • Recognition in Eos
  • An invitation to present a talk in the general session for the section at AGU's annual meeting in the year the honor is awarded
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded

About the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Section

The Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section supports scientists who work to understand and reconstruct Earth's past climate and environments. The section provides information on AGU activities such as committees, fellows, and meeting sessions.


The nominee must be:
  • an active AGU member
  • affiliated with the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section
  • a mid-career scientist within 8 to 20 years of receiving their Ph.D., or highest equivalent terminal degree
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Nominators must be active AGU members.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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