Luna B. Leopold Early Career Award
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Career Stage
Early Career
Award Type
Section Award
Of Note
Peer nomination required
Submission Window
17 January - 27 March
Established 2010

Recognizing Advances in the Field of Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

The Luna B. Leopold Early Career Award is presented annually and recognizes an outstanding contribution that advances the field of Earth and planetary surface processes from an honoree within ten years of receiving their Ph.D. Notable contributions can be derived from an individual published paper or from multiple works.

Named in honor of Luna B. Leopold, who engaged with and nurtured early-career scientists throughout his distinguished career in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, this award is presented during the AGU Fall Meeting.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • Award certificate
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Complimentary ticket to the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Section event that occurs during the AGU Fall Meeting in the award presentation year.

About the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Section

The Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Section focuses on the full range of processes — including anthropogenic — that generate, erode, and measure landscapes, that generate stratigraphy, and that couple the internal dynamics of the surface to climatic and tectonic forcings.


The nominee must be an early-career scientist within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D

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Nominators are not required to hold an active AGU membership.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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