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IUGG Awards

IUGG Gold Medalist

The Gold Medal will be presented to W. R. Peltier by the IUGG President at the Award Ceremony of the XXVII IUGG General Assembly on 13 July 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Medalist will receive also a certificate of IUGG Honorary Membership, and a Fellow pin.

William Richard Peltier

The IUGG Gold Medal is bestowed on William Richard Peltier (University of Toronto, Canada) for “his scientific contributions that have been pioneering and profound in deep earth physics and climate system processes, and for his unselfish contributions to international scientific collaboration”.


“Professor Peltier is certainly one of the few living geophysicists who have had profound influence in the field of the Earth system evolution. His work is truly interdisciplinary, involving geophysics, geodesy, glaciology, climate and paleo-climate science, atmospheric science and geophysical fluid dynamics”, IUGG Fellow Anny Cazenave (France) tells about her colleague.


Garry K. C. Clarke, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics (University of British Columbia, Canada) shares his thoughts: “Around 1985 the ideology of Earth Systems Science sprung to life. The concept caught fire because it resisted the reductive tendency of mainstream science and challenged the geoscience community to think both broadly and deeply. The problem with broad and deep thinking is that most practitioners can successfully manage only one of these. But not Peltier. By the time that Earth Systems Science reached the mainstream, he had been a leading exemplar for more than a decade. Peltier has shown the rest of us how integrative science is done.”


“I believe the mark of a truly great scientist is his ability to move effortlessly between different sub-fields (in Einstein’s annus mirabilis he published about three completely separate sub-fields of physics: Brownian motion, the photoelectric effect and the theory of special relativity). It is a concern to me that today’s young scientists are becoming more and more silo-ised, never moving from their doctoral research topic as their careers progress. This makes the cross-fertilisation of ideas, crucial for the advancement of science, more and more difficult. I believe it is important to recognise scientists who have bucked this trend – it will send an important message to the community. Professor Peltier is an example of such a scientist who has moved around different areas in the mathematical geosciences par excellence. His work connects many of the individual IUGG Association: IAMAS, IASPEI, IAG, IAPSO. His work has spanned basic geophysical fluid dynamics in the oceans and atmosphere, to the problem of mantle convection in the planetary interior, to the study of paleoclimate variability in data and complex models and to the development of models to study the evolution of topography and ice distributions in the deep past. I think you will be hard pressed to find a scientist of such exceptionally high status with such broad interests in the geosciences” - Tim Palmer (Oxford University, UK).


Daniel Rothman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) recollects: “Peltier is one of the world’s leading theoretical geophysicists. But I would like to focus on Peltier’s contributions to the IUGG Commission on Mathematical Geophysics (CMG). Dick became Chair of the CMG in the early 1990s and oversaw the organization of several biannual meetings. I served as CMG Secretary at the time. Dick chairmanship was transformative. At the time he took over, CMG meetings were almost entirely focused on seismology, a consequence of the important role the CMG had previously played in the development of seismic inverse theory. By the early 1990s, however, many of us perceived a need to expand more widely the purview of mathematical geophysics. Dick lobbied forcefully for this, and together we created a community of mathematical geophysicists focused on wide-ranging applications of mathematics to all of earth science, including climate dynamics, paleoclimate, atmosphere and ocean dynamics, pattern formation in geology, granular fluid mechanics, and even biogeochemistry … Dick’s successful transformation of the CMG is the result not only of his organizational skills and good scientific taste, but also his wide interests and the respect he engenders throughout the IUGG. The CMG community continues to reap the rewards of his efforts.”


W. Richard Peltier gain a BSc in Physics, in1967 from the University of British Columbia, MSc and PhD, both in Physics, in 1969 and 1971, respectively, from the University of Toronto, and DSc from University of Waterloo in 2007. He moved from the position of Assistant Professor (1974) to Full Professorship of the University of Toronto in five years. He was visiting professor of UCLA (USA), NCAR (Boulder, Colorado), Cambridge University (UK), IPGP and ENS Paris (France), and University of Bergen, (Norway). W. Richard Peltier has distinction of having been made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He received a number of awards including the top prizes of Canada and the United States.

IUGG Early Career Scientist Awardees

IUGG Early Career Scientist Awards will be presented at the 27th IUGG General Assembly in Montréal, Canada, on 13th July 2019 during the Award Ceremony. The awardees will give a talk at the Union Symposium U9 “Celebrating Early Career Scientists” to be held on Friday, 12 July, and Saturday, 13 July 2019. All Assembly delegates are welcome to attend the symposium.

Juan Carlos Afonso



Binbin Ni



Amir Agha Kouchak



Katrin Schröder



Emilie Capron



Flavia Tauro



Ira Didenkulova



Takeshi Tsuji



Marie Dumont


Cryospheric Sciences

Qiuzhen Yin



IUGG Elected Fellows

Elected Fellows will be bestowed a Fellowship Medal, Certificate and IUGG pin to be presented by the IUGG President at the Award Ceremony of the XXVII IUGG General Assembly on 13 July 2019 in Montreal, Canada.


 “Fellowship of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics is a tribute, awarded by the IUGG Bureau, to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to international cooperation in geodesy or geophysics and attained eminence in the field of Earth and space sciences” (IUGG By-Law 22).

Anny Cazenave, France

The Honorary Membership is bestowed on her for her invaluable research and tireless contribution to the science of understanding the Earth system evolution, including mean sea level variations.

Barbara Romanowicz, France/USA

The Honorary Membership is bestowed on her for her seminal contributions in seismological studies from crust to inner core, including obtaining robust 3-D models of inelasticity on a global scale, locating origin of Earth’s hum and launching GEOSCOPE, the first global broadband seismograph network.

Sierd Cloetingh, Netherlands

The Honorary Membership is bestowed on him for his outstanding contributions to the study of lithosphere geodynamics and tectonics, and his active promotion of international science cooperation in Earth and space sciences.

Soroosh Sorooshian, USA

The Honorary Membership is bestowed on him for his exceptional contributions and international cooperation leadership in hydrologic sciences from basic, to applied research and to operational use worldwide.

Shuanggen Jin, China

The Honorary Membership is bestowed on him for his contributions to satellite navigation and space geodesy and his active promotion of international cooperation in Earth and space sciences.

Philip Woodworth, UK

The Honorary Membership is bestowed on him for his significant advancement of sea-level science and outstanding contributions to international scientific cooperation, and especially his leadership of the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL).

Jun Xia, China

The Honorary Membership is bestowed on him for his outstanding contributions on hydrological science basis for sustainable water utilization by developing a nonlinear time-variant system approach and international cooperation for sustainable water management as an engine for social and economic sustainable growth.

IUGG Conferred Fellows

Elected Fellows will be bestowed a Fellowship Medal, Certificate and IUGG pin to be presented by the IUGG President at the Award Ceremony of the XXVII IUGG General Assembly on 13 July 2019 in Montreal, Canada.

Nasser Abou-Assour, Egypt IUGG Jan Krynsky, Poland IUGG
Isabelle Ansorge, South Africa IUGG Thorne Lay, USA IASPEI
Tom Beer, Australia IUGG Andrew Mackintosh, Australia IACS
Ray Cas, Autralia IAVCEI Joan Marti, Spain IAVCEI
Athena Coustenis, France IAMAS Eugene Morozov, Russia IAPSO
Donald Dingwell, Germany/Canada IAVCEI Teruyuki Nakajima, Japan IAMAS
Hermann Drewes, Germany IAG David Rhoades, New Zealand IUGG
Charles Fierz, Switzerland IACS Johan Rodhe, Sweden IAPSO
Domenico Giardini, Switzerland IASPEI Kenji Satake, Japan IUGG
Harsh Gupta, India IUGG Hubert Savenije, The Netherlands IAHS
Zoltan Hajnal, Canada IUGG Denise Smythe-Wright, UK IAPSO
Pierre Hubert, France IUGG Peter Suhadolc, Italy IASPEI
Alik Ismail-Zadeh, Germany/Russia IUGG John Turner, UK IAMAS
Hans Volkert, Germany IAMAS    

IACS Awards

IACS Early-Career Award 2019

Dr. Doug Brinkerhoff (USA)

Brinkerhoff, D., Truffer, M., & Aschwanden, A. (2017). Sediment transport drives tidewater glacier periodicity. Nature Communications, 8(1), 90.


Citation for the paper by the Selection Panel:

Douglas Brinkerhoff and his colleagues have developed the first self-contained and consistent model of glacier-meltwater-sediment dynamics that explains the tidewater glacier cycle. Their ice dynamics model is coupled to models of subglacial water flow, erosion, and sediment transport and parameterised to match features of the Taku Glacier in S.E. Alaska. The model is able to reproduce cyclical slow advance and rapid retreat of a tidewater glacier without any external climate forcing. This provides significant new insight into understanding of the tidewater glacier cycle and will be of interest to a wide audience.



Dr. Denis Felikson (USA)

Felikson, D., Bartholomaus, T., Catania, G., Korsgaard, N., Kjær, K., Morlighem, M., Noël, B., van den Broeke, M., Stearns, L., Shroyer, E., Sutherland, D., Nash, J., Inland thinning on the Greenland ice sheet controlled by outlet glacier geometry, Nature Geoscience, 2017 May;10(5):366.


Citation for the paper by the Selection Panel:

Denis Felikson and his co-authors show that the Péclet number, which is determined from high-resolution bedrock and surface topography data, can explain the competition between inland diffusion and advective resupply of ice in Greenland outlet glaciers with floating tongues. This provides a conceptually simple but powerful understanding of the disparate response of Greenland outlet glaciers to terminus perturbations. It also allows identification of the most vulnerable glaciers to climate forcing so that they can be targeted for further studies.



IAG Awards


IAG Levallois Medal


Christoph Reigber (Germany)

The Medal is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and to the science of geodesy in general. Christoph Reigber served from 1983 to 2005 successively as President of the IAG/COSPAR Commission on Coordination of Space Techniques for Geodesy and Geodynamics (CSTG), as President of the IAG Section „Advanced Space Technology“, as Chairman of the Directing Board of the International Earth Rotation Service (IERS), as Chairman of the Governing Board of the International GPS Service (IGS), and as Chairman of the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) pilot project. He was the scientific key person in several geodetic satellite missions on gravity (GFZ-1, CHAMP, GRACE), altimetry (SEASAT-1, ERS-1) and precise point positioning (PRARE) as well as the chairperson of international analysis centers in Earth rotation (MERIT), precise point positioning (NASA CDP, MEDLAS), satellite altimetry (ERS-1), satellite laser ranging (ILRS) and Global Positioning System (GPS).




IAG Guy Bomford Prize


Michal Šprlák (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Australia)

The Prize is awarded to a young scientist, under 40 years of age, for outstanding theoretical and applied contributions to geodetic studies in the recent four-year period. Michal Šprlák has devoted his carrier to advancing the mathematical apparatus of the potential theory to be used with current and future gravity field observables. His contribution to the geodetic theory within the last four years was profound with implications for geodetic practice yet to be recognized. He is active within the IAG where he currently serves as the chair of a joint-study group within the Inter-Commission Committee on Theory (ICCT) and contributes to activities of other working groups.






IAG Young Authors Award

The IAG Young Authors Award is to draw attention to important contributions by young scientists in the Journal of Geodesy and to foster excellence in scientific writing. The applicant must be 35 years of age or younger when submitting the paper for the competition. The paper must represent the own research, and must have been published in the two annual volumes of the Journal of Geodesy preceding either the IAG General Assembly or the Scientific Assembly.


IAG Young Authors Award 2017

Minghui Xu (China)

The IAG Young Authors Award 2017 is granted to Minghui Xu for the article “The impacts of source structure on geodetic parameters demonstrated by the radio source 3C371”, published in the Journal of Geodesy (2017) 91: 767-781. A new method is proposed to calculate a structure index of an astronomic radio source based on the median values of closure quantities rather than the brightness distribution of the source.









IAG Young Authors Award 2018

Athina Peidou (Canada)

The IAG Young Authors Award 2018 is granted to Athina Peidou for the article “On the feasibility of using satellite gravity observations for detecting large-scale solid mass transfer events”, published in the Journal of Geodesy (2018) 92: 517–528. The focus of the paper is to assess the feasibility of utilizing dedicated satellite gravity missions (specifically GRACE) in order to detect large-scale solid mass transfer events (e.g. landslides).

IAGA Awards

IAGA Shen Kuo Award

IAGA Awards Ceremony on Monday July 15 at 10:30 a.m., in room 517,  is open to all the participants.

Professor Catherine Johnson (Canada)

For intrinsically interdisciplinary contributions, targeted at a holistic understanding of bodies throughout the Solar System, especially with respect to the magnetic field of the planet Mercury, and the Earth’s magnetic field within the past five million years.






IAGA Young Scientist Award

Evgenii Shirokov


Kseniia Tlatlova


Deepak Kumar Karan



Tomasz Gonet



IAGA Long Service Award

Martin Berg (Norway)

For his dedicated continuous efforts to produce the highest quality geomagnetic field data and for his devoted work at the Dombås observatory for over 35 years.


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IAHS Awards

IAHS 2019 Tison Awardees

Sandra Pool (Switzerland)


Marc Vis (Switzerland)

IAHS-UNESCO-WMO International Hydrology Prize - Volker Medal





Jan Szolgay (Slovakia)





IAHS-UNESCO-WMO International Hydrology Prize - Dooge Medal





Alberto Montanari (Italy)




IAMAS Awards

IAMAS Early Career Scientist Medalist

Professor Lei Bi (China)

Congratulations to Lei Bi, Department of Atmospheric Sciences School of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, on being awarded the 2019 IAMAS Early Career Scientist Medal.


The Award Committee chaired by IAMAS Vice President Joyce Penner had four nominations. All were of high quality, but in the end, the Award Committee decided to award the medal to the IRC nominee: Lei Bi.


The Award Committee will present him with the medal at IAMAS 100 Symposium (M25) on 10 July, 2019 during IUGG General Assembly in Montreal.

IAPSO Awards

The IAPSO Award ceremony, will take place on July 12, 2019, 16:30-19:00, in room 512EF (IAPSO symposium P0).


IAPSO Prince Albert I Medal 2019

Corinne Le Quéré (France)

The Prince Albert I Medal is an award offered by the Foundation Rainier III of Monaco and IAPSO to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the enhancement and advancement of the physical and/or chemical sciences of the oceans. It is awarded every two years to a most prominent scientist chosen by a specially appointed IAPSO Award Committee.


Corinne Le Quéré, FRS, Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (2011-2018), is the Prince Albert I Medal recipient 2019, for her fundamental contributions to our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry and global carbon cycling, and her work to quantify the ocean's role in the uptake of global carbon emissions.


IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medals 2019

This award honours Early Career Scientists for their outstanding research in the physical or chemical sciences of the oceans, and for their cooperation in international research. The IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal is presented by the IAPSO President, every two years, at the biannual IAPSO Assembly. The medal was established on the occasion of the IAPSO centenary and will be presented, for the first time, during IUGG 2019. Two medals will be awarded for the event, for Physical ocean science and Chemical ocean science, respectively.


IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal 2019 – Physical ocean science

Gerard McCarthy (Ireland)

Gerard McCarthy, Lecturer at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, Maynooth University, Ireland is the recipient of the 2019 IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in physical ocean science. This is awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and its role in Earth's climate system.

Mar Benavides (France)

Mar Benavides, Scientific Researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Marseille, France is the recipient of the 2019 IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in chemical ocean science. This is awarded in recognition of her development of original strategies, integrating disciplines, to introduce a novel and comprehensive oceanographic approach to nitrogen cycling research.


IASPEI Medal 2019

Brian Leslie Norman Kennett (USA)

In 2013, IASPEI began to award a Medal for “sustaining IASPEI goals and activities and for scientific merits in the field of seismology and physics of the Earth’s interior”. The IASPEI Bureau is proud to announce that it has unanimously selected as recipient of the 2019 IASPEI medal Brian Leslie Norman Kennett, for his outstanding career contributions to seismology and IASPEI.


Brian received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Seismology from the University of Cambridge in 1973. He was a Lindemann Fellow at IPGP, University of California, San Diego and Lecturer at the University of Cambridge from 1976 to 1984. He moved to the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES), Australian National University (ANU) in 1984 and engaged in research and education as a fellow, professor, and director. He was Director of RSES from September 2006 to January 2010 and Director of the Australian National Seismic Imaging Resource (ANISR) from 2002 to 2014. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Seismology, ANU College of Science.


During his doctoral studies at Cambridge, Brian developed a novel method named the wave propagator to compute seismograms in layered models with control of reverberations of up-going and down-going waves in layered media. He combined this with observational studies of seismic waves across a wide range of distance scales - from a few kilometers, as in shallow reflection experiments for geophysical prospecting, to regional and teleseismic distances for representing a class of seismic phenomena due to large-scale layering in the earth. After moving to Australia, he conducted a systematic study of the Australian region by deploying many large-scale broadband seismic arrays; notably the SKIPPY project in collaboration with Rob van der Hilst. Following a sequence of efforts, this resulted in the 2012 Australian Seismological Reference Model (AuSREM).


Brian’s innovations in theoretical seismology (including his profound and wide-ranging observational studies, ranging across the regional and teleseismic wavefield) aimed at extracting detailed information regarding the nature of Earth’s structure and the character of seismic sources, have had a lasting, significant impact on geophysics.


One of his notable contributions to seismology is the construction of a global traveltime table (iasp91) with Bob Engdahl, which provides accurate estimates of the traveltimes of various seismic phases, significantly improving upon the classic Jeffreys-Bullen traveltime tables. The significance of this study is evidenced by the fact that there are over 2,100 citations of this paper to date. The iasp91 traveltime tables, which was subsequently improved with additional seismic data (giving the ak135 tables), have now become the standard for international organizations like ISC, USGS NEIC and EMSC, as well as for many researchers when determining source locations using seismic phases; they are also extensively used as the reference structure for high-resolution seismic tomography using many seismic phases.


Brian’s development of joint seismic tomography, using P- and S-wave arrival-time data, led to the extraction of the distribution of bulk and shear moduli at depth. This enabled the quantitative interpretation of heteroge-neous Earth structures in terms of thermal and compositional variations. The results of tomography at higher frequencies, with a particular emphasis on fine-scale heteroge-neities in the Earth, lead to efforts among seismologists, mineral physicists, and geodynamicists to interpret the nature and origin of lithospheric heterogeneities.


The publication of his many textbooks on the seismic wavefield and crustal structure based on his excellent wide-ranging theoretical and observational studies has greatly contributed to dissemination of seismological theory and research results and the development of new quantitative waveform modeling approaches.


Brian has been an outstanding leader in support of the international community as president of the IASPEI from 1999 to 2003 and editor of Geophysical Journal International (for more than 20 years), Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, and Earth and Planetary Science Letters.


Among his awards and recognitions are the University of Cambridge Smith’s Prize and Adam’s Prize, and election to Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Australian Academy of Sciences, Royal Society, and Royal Astronomical Society. He received the Jaeger Medal for Australian Earth Sciences from the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London, the Gutenberg Medal of the European Geosciences Union, the Finders Medal of the Australian Academy of Sciences, and the Lehmann Medal of the American Geophysical Union.


In recognition of the profound seismological contributions of Brian Kennett, it is with great pleasure that he is awarded the 2019 IASPEI Medal.


Takashi Furumura, Kazuki Koketsu and the IASPEI Bureau





IAVCEI Wager Medal

The Wager Medal honors the memory of Professor Lawrence Rickard Wager of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, who was born in 1904 and died in 1965. Professor Wager is best known for the discovery of the Skaergaard layered intrusion and the first detailed structural, mineralogical and petrological study of such intrusions. The medal is given every two years (i.e. at both Scientific and General Assemblies, to a scientist up to 15 years after Ph.D acquisition, who has made outstanding contributions to volcanology, particularly in the eight-year period prior to the Award.


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Madeleine Humphreys

IAVCEI Walker Prize

The George Walker Award honor the memory of Professor George Walker, who was born on March 2, 1926 and died on January 17, 2005. Professor Walker's discoveries pioneered a modern quantitative approach to physical volcanology and greatly accelerated understanding of volcanic processes. The award is supported by the George Walker Fund. The award is given every two years to a scientist up to 7 years after Ph.D acquisition. The award recognizes achievements of a recent outstanding graduate in the fields of research encompassed by IAVCEI, or also a recent graduate whose achievements in volcanology involved operating in difficult circumstances. The winner will receive a certificate with a cash award.


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