Charles S. Falkenberg Award
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Award Type
Union Award
Of Note
Peer OR self-nomination permitted
Submission Window
17 January - 1 March
Established 2002

Recognizing Contributions Toward Public Awareness of the Importance Our Planet

The Charles S. Falkenberg Award is an annual award sponsored by AGU and the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) to recognize an early to mid-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.

Charles S. Falkenberg was a computer scientist whose research focused on enabling practical applications of Earth science through data visualization and information technology. Falkenberg was also committed to increasing public awareness of both the research methods and findings regarding the Earth's environment. After he and his family died in the tragic events of 11 September 2001, Falkenberg was posthumously recognized as the first recipient of this award in 2002.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A monetary prize
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Two tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded

Criteria for a Successful Nomination

Nominees are evaluated on the following:

All nominations should clearly demonstrate that the honoree has met the key criteria of improving the planet and quality of life through using and increasing awareness of data and the understanding of our planet.

If the nominee’s work has been within a group effort, the nominee’s specific contributions should be detailed with supporting evidence.


At time of nomination the nominee must be an early-career or middle career scientist within 15 years of receiving their highest terminal degree or be under 45-years old.

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Nominators must be active AGU members.
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Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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