Roger Revelle Medal

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Revelle Medal Committee


The Roger Revelle Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition for “outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.”

Established in 1991, the Revelle Medal is named in honor of Roger Revelle, who made substantial contributions to the awareness of global change. Revelle served as an AGU section president for the Ocean Sciences section (1956–1959).

Oceanographer Roger Revelle was renowned for his significant contributions to the study of oceanography, including: pioneering work on carbon dioxide balance in the oceans and its effect on climate modification, fostering oceanographic exploration presaging plate tectonics, observations on the biological effects of radiation in the marine environment, and his studies of human population growth and global food supplies. The breadth of his research and service, both nationally and internationally, made Revelle a statesman of science.

Edward N. Lorenz was the first recipient of the Revelle Medal.

• Engraved medal
•AGU Conferred Fellow (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow)
• AGU Fellow lapel pin (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow)
•AGU Fellow certificate (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow)
• Recognition in Eos
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
•Four complimentary hotel nights at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
•Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year


For fundamental scientific contributions, the overall breadth and impact of the science, and the leadership of the candidate in climate science (generally applied), with contributions to AGU as a secondary criterion in the case a tie breaker is required.

Frequency: Annual

Career level: Senior Scientist

Nominee eligibility: Active AGU membership is required

Nominator eligibility: Active AGU membership is not required

Conferred Fellowship: Yes

Section/Focus Group: Atmospheric Sciences (AS); Atmospheric and Space Electricty (ASE); Biogeosciences (B); Global Environmental Change (GEC); Hydrology (H); Natural Hazards (NH); Ocean Sciences (OS); Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology (PP)

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:

1. Eligible Nominee. Active AGU membership is required.

To determine a candidate’s AGU member status, please view the Membership Directory via the AGU Member eWeb Portal; or contact the Member Services staff at:

2. Eligible Nominator. Active AGU membership is not required.

3. Eligible Supporters. Active AGU membership is not required.

4. Ineligible Nominees. The following individuals and/or groups are not eligible to be candidates for the Revelle Medal during their terms of service:

5. Relationship to a Revelle Medal Nominee. AGU policy on the relationship to a nominee is applicable to committee members, nominators, and supporters. The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the Revelle Medal Committee, but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

The following offices and relationships are nomination disqualifiers for the Revelle Medal:

  • AGU President, President – elect, Honors and Recognition Committee, Council Leadership Team, and AGU staff cannot nominate or write supporting letters for candidates.
  • Nominator/supporter(s) for this medal should not be on the Revelle Medal selection committee.
  • Family member, spouse or partner.
  • Mentor – Mentee relationships established during graduate studies or postdoc fellowships:
      • A previous graduate (Masters or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
      • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor, but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
      • Termination of a relationship is defined as follows: (1) nominee is no longer being paid by supporter; (2) nominee is no longer supported under the same grant or contract
  • Chairs and members of the Revelle Medal selection committee are conflicted with the above – mentioned mentor – mentee relationships and should recuse themselves from participating in the deliberation, evaluation, and voting process for that nominee.

For more details, please review the AGU conflict of interest policy.

6. Additional Conflicts.

  • The chair of the Revelle Medal Committee who is a supervisor of the nominee is conflicted from participating in the review and selection process.
  • Members of the Revelle Medal Committee may for other reasons determine that they have conflicts or potential conflicts that require elimination from service and then act on that determination if they believe that service could affect the fairness of the selection process.

Nomination Requirements

Your nomination package should contain the following files, which should be no more than two (2) pages in length per document:

    1. Nomination letter with one-sentence citation (i.e., citation should be 150 characters or less). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.;
    2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae. List the candidate’s (1) name, (2) mailing and e-mail address, (3) history of employment, (4) degrees, (5) research experience, (6) honors, (7) memberships, and (8) service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
    3. Nominee’s selected bibliography. Briefly state the total number and types of publications and specifying the number published in AGU publications. For example: Jane Doe is the author of 92 publications, 86 in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 14 of which have been published in AGU journals and books. The following selected list best supports Jane’s nomination for the Revelle Medal.
    4. 3 letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

SUBMISSIONS SENT VIA POSTAL OR COURIER DELIVERY ONLY: Nomination cover sheet – All packages sent via mail or courier delivery should include a completed cover sheet. (The online submission system will generate a cover sheet for nominators.)

Please note that only complete packages will be forwarded to the Revelle Medal Committee for review. For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.

Submission Process

Nomination Submissions

Revelle Medal nominations can be submitted (1) online or (2) by regular mail delivery. However, to expedite the submission process, please use the online submission system. If you have submitted a package online, then please do not send a printed version to AGU headquarters.

To submit a nomination by regular mail delivery, please make sure to include the nomination cover sheet and mail to: American Geophysical Union, Attn: Honors Program, Awards Selection Committee, 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009