Turco Lectureship

Basic Information

The Future Horizons in Climate Science: Turco Lectureship was established through a donation by Richard P. and Linda S. Turco and highlights signal research on climate change through noteworthy lectures by recognized leaders in the field. Each lecture is intended to be as forward-looking as possible, identifying future areas of research that will ultimately engage both new and established scientific talent in solving the problem of global warming and related issues. Lecture topics will represent all fields relevant to climate systems, spanning global and macro scales as well as microscopic processes. While the scientific aspects of climate are to be strongly emphasized, speakers will also be encouraged to raise significant implications for climate-related policy, and implementation of an expanding base of knowledge on climate processes, change, and manipulation.

Citation/Scope Statement: In recognition of seminal interdisciplinary scientific research discoveries or advancements through observations or analyses and addressing key questions or uncertainties in the broad and dynamic field of climate science

Lecture Includes:

  • Lecture certificate
  • Announcement in Eos
  • $2000 honorarium
  • Invitation to present the Turco Lectureship at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
  • Complimentary ticket to the Atmospheric Sciences Business Meeting/Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
Frequency: Presented annually.

Nomination Process & Requirements

All section named lectures are not required to follow a nomination cycle process. Sections have the flexibility to adopt what process will be serve their communities in seeking their lecture recipients.

Eligible Nominees

  • Active AGU membership is NOT required
  • Nominee must be an active scientist of recognized stature and accomplishments in fields related to or supporting climate science.
  • Nominee should have the skills necessary to communicate clearly to an interdisciplinary professional audience.
  • Nominees at any career stage is eligible as long as they have published acknowledged definitive work introducing new research areas, approaches, or pathways.

Ineligible Nominees, Nominators & Supporters

  • President, President-Elect and Secretary of the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section
  • Turco Lectureship Committee Members
  • Self-nominations are not accepted

Eligible Nominators and Supporters

  • Open to public
  • Multiple nominators for a candidate are allowed; however it is often suggested that they collaborate so as to submit a more robust package for the nominee


Nominations for the Turco Lectureship are being accepted. Nominations can be submitted to Paul Newman until 15 April 2022. Should you have any questions, please contact the AGU Honors Team for assistance.

Award Committee

Chair: Paul Newman, NASA/GSFC

AGU’s Honors Program aligns with AGU’s mission, vision, core values, and strategic plan.

Committee Charge:

  • Select the recipient of the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section Turco Lectureship Committee; the final decision is subject for approval of the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section President/Chair.
  • Interpret the scope of the award broadly and in accordance with stated purpose for the award.
  • Do not depend solely on unsolicited nominations. Although committee members are not eligible to submit nominations, they need to be proactive by encouraging nominations through committee member contacts.
  • Conform to AGU conflict of interest policies and protocols for selection committees. State, as part of the award recommendation to the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section President/Chair, the number of candidates considered.
  • Define an objective and fair process used for reaching the decision.
  • In addition to selecting the recipient of the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Bjerkes Lecture, the Award Committee members should work with the Atmospheric Sciences Executive Committee and Advisory Board to increase the number of nominations of viable candidates in underrepresented groups.

Timeline & Commitment
Award committee members and chairs serve a two year commitment. The work of this committee is done primarily through the online submission and review system, by telephone conference calls and email.

Below is the standard award year work plan timeline for the Turco Lectureship.

  • 15 January: Nominations Open
  • 15 April: Nominations Close
  • 1 May - 3 June: Committee work - review, deliberations and final recommendations
  • 15 June: SFG President approves committee selection
  • Mid to Late July: Official announcement of AGU Section Award & Lecture Honorees
2019 Fall Meeting abstract submissions are now open

Past Recipients

2021 Yuan Wang
2020 Elizabeth A. Barnes
2019 Alex Hall
2018 Jennifer E. Kay


Antonio Covington
Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures
Phone: +1 202 777 7484