Climate change prize committee


Committee members (2018-2019)



Committee Role

Susan Joy Hassol

Climate Communication

Committee Chair

Katharine Hayhoe

Texas Tech University


Ed Maibach

Center for Climate Change Communication


Michael Oppenheimer

Princeton University


Stefan Rahmstorf

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


Kevin Trenberth

National Center for Atmospheric Research


Leah Bland


Staff Partner; Honors Program Coordinator

Committee charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipient of the Climate Communication Prize. Committee members will abide by AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy, program policies, procedures and guidelines set by AGU. In partnership with the Honors and Recognition Committee and staff, the committee works to ensure that the program is superior in all respects, recognizes all constituents, and fosters a global network of individuals in the Earth and space sciences who epitomize excellence and cooperation in research, education, and outreach. The members of the Climate Communication Prize Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the Climate Communication Prize is sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

Climate change committee charge

Key duties

The Climate Communication Prize Committee supports the following initiatives and duties. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email.

  • 1
    Review data from Climate Communication Prize selection processes for the past years to determine if the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals
  • 2
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of the nominations are competitive
  • 3
    Select the Climate Communication Prize recipients
  • 4
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nominations
  • 5
    Participate in training, orientations, and workshops on associated Honors and Recognition policies and processes
  • 6
    Understand and commit to AGU’s Conflict of Interest policy and process
  • 7
    Provide input and recommendations to the Honors and Recognition Committee on program improvements
  • 8
    Partner with AGU leaders and staff, as well as other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ recognition programs