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Gilbert F. White Award and Distinguished Lecture
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Career Stage
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Award Type
Section Award
Of Note
Invitation to present at annual meeting;
Peer nomination required
Submission Window
Mid-Jan - Mid-April
Established 2012

Recognizing Contributions to the Basic Knowledge of Natural Hazards or Disaster Risks

The Gilbert F. White Distinguished Award and Lecture are presented annually to recognize original contributions to the basic knowledge of natural hazards or disaster risks. The award honors the life and work of Gilbert F. White, an AGU Fellow and geoscientist who was internationally known for his contributions to natural hazards research and flood plain management.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • An award certificate
  • Recognition in Eos
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting during the award presentation year
  • An invitation to present the Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture at AGU's annual meeting during the award presentation year

About the Natural Hazards Section

The Natural Hazards Section fosters a focus within AGU on studies of geophysical hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, fires, flooding, heat waves, landslides, space weather, storms, tsunamis, volcanoes, impact by near-Earth objects, and related events.


The nominee must be:
  • an active AGU member
  • primarily or secondarily affiliated with the Natural Hazards section
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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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