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Solicitation for nominations of scientists for whom awards can be named.

Link to the nomination template is here. No additional information beyond the completed 2-page template is requested or allowed. Please DO NOT attach a nominee’s CV or list of publications, other supplemental information, or endorsement letters. Thanks.

The Hydrology-Section Task Force on Future Awards and Honors (see below) seeks nominations of distinguished hydrologic scientists and engineers for whom the Hydrologic Sciences Award, a new Hydrologic Sciences Mid-Career Award, and the Hydrologic Sciences Early-Career Award might be named. AGU policy regarding named awards can be found at (click on “Naming Policy”). We draw your attention to the fact that only deceased former colleagues can be considered for this kind of honor. Nevertheless, those nominations that are less than three years after the death of the nominee will be fully considered by the Task Force, while recognizing that the award naming would likely become official no earlier than three years after the nominee had died.

AGU policy goes on to state that “Naming … awards for an individual is an honor that forges a link between the individual and the organization; therefore, careful consideration must be given to ensure that the individuals whose names are chosen for these AGU honors are recognized to have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the geophysical sciences, to serving the community, or to the public’s understanding of science.  …  The name proposed for this new honor should not overlap or duplicate with any existing awards with the same or closely related focus of any institution, organization or entity operating on a national or global level, so as not to confuse the scope of the existing awards or diminish their prestige.” The Task Force will also consider diversity in assessing nominations.

To make the nomination process more efficient, the Task Force is employing a two-stage process. First, the Task Force is soliciting two-page nominations for distinguished hydrologic scientists to honor in this way. These two-page nominations should use the template here (maximum 2-pages) and be submitted no later than midnight PDT April 30, 2021, via email to Each nomination need only be endorsed by one person.

In the second stage, the Task Force will review the nominations and select a small subset for a full-package nomination. The final nominations will follow a format to be prescribed and will require endorsements by multiple individuals.

The Task Force on Future Awards and Honors.

In February 2021 Ana Barros, AGU Hydrology Section President, appointed a Task Force to review the current state of Section Honors and Awards (including invited lectures), make recommendations to enhance and expand them in the future, and assist the Section leadership in bringing appropriate recommendations to the AGU Council for Union approval. The Task Force was asked to specifically consider diversity issues and is currently assembling appropriate data and statistics (especially demographics), AGU policy statements, and other information to assist them with their deliberations. The Task Force is chaired by John Wilson with Linda Abriola as Vice-Chair. Other members are Bayani Cardenas, Jay Famiglietti, Terri Hogue, Randy Koster, Praveen Kumar, Jessica Lundquist, Bridget Scanlon, and John Selker (ex-officio, H Section President-Elect).

The Task Force is soliciting suggestions and comments from the hydrologic science community pertaining to its charge. In particular, it wishes to identify suitable candidates to be honored by a named section award through the creation of a new named award or the renaming of an existing unnamed award (see above). The section has two named lectures, the Langbein Lecture and the Witherspoon Lecture, both given at the Fall AGU meeting, and one named award, the graduate student Horton Research Grant. There are currently two unnamed awards, the senior-level Hydrologic Science Award and the Early Career Award. Some time ago the Hydrologic Science Award was named the Horton Award, but the title of the award was changed to avoid confusion with the Union’s Horton Medal. The Task Force is considering the creation of a new award at the mid-career level. Through its deliberations, other awards may also be proposed in the future.

The Task Force seeks general suggestions and comments, particularly ideas for new awards or lectures. These, as well as questions about the naming of awards, should be directed to The Task Force is also considering holding a community Zoom meeting should interest be strong enough.