Climate Communication Prize

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Climate Prize Committee


Nominations for the Climate Prize are open. Submit a Nomination »

The Climate Communication Prize is given annually to one honoree in recognition for “the communication of climate science.”

The prize was established in 2011 to highlight the importance of promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to foster respected and understanding of science-based values as they relate to the implications of climate change.

The Climate Communication Prize is given for communication of climate science-not scientific research. Examples of prize qualifications are promotion of scientific literacy, clarity of message and efforts to foster respect and understanding of science-based values as they relate to the implications of climate change. These are exemplary of the activities of the Prize winner, but all are not necessary. Winning contribution can be a specific campaign communication or a long-career track record of climate communication.

The Prize was previously funded through the generosity of Nature’s Own of Boulder, Colorado.


  • Engraved award
  • A monetary prize
  • Recognition 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
  • Recognition in Eos


The prize is for a scientist (as opposed to a person whose primary occupation is communication even if the background is science)

  • There are a variety of definitions for climate science (oceanography, biogeochemical cycles, etc.)
  • We want to cast a wide net but need to limit selection to scientist whose work is in a climate relevant field.
  • Credibility in the wider climate science field is critical.

The prize should emphasize communication to the public in addition to the normal professional communication with the science community.

  • Communicating with the public means communicating with news and other media, lay public, policy and decision makers.
  • Consider how the nominee makes innovative use of communication tools (social media, visualization technology), understanding the psychology of communication.

What does high impact climate communication look like? What are some informal metrics for accessing public communication?

  • Someone who is continually sought out by the media, testing before Congress
  • Someone who has successfully framed climate issues that have been picked up by others (e.g. look at extreme events in the context of climate change)
  • Someone who has changed the dialogue of climate change (e.g. had impact in communities that traditionally don’t consider or accept climate change).
  • Consider recognizing a sustained record of communication or a specific high impact activity.

AGU Section Affiliation(s): Open to all

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:



  • Active AGU membership is not required.
  • Compliance with AGU Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Duplicate nominations for one individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.


Nomination Requirements

Two or more nomination packages for a single candidate will not be considered. If separate packages are received, the nominators will be asked to combine them.

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. Letterhead stationary is preferred, and should include the nominator’s name, title, institution and contact information. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter and be no more than 150 characters.
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV). Please include all of following information for the candidate: name; mailing and email address; history of employment; degrees; research experience; honors; memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  3. Nominee’s selected bibliography. Each selected bibliography should begin by briefly stating the candidate’s 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 AGU Climate Prize.
  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.

Submission Process

Nominations open: 15 January 2019
Nominations close: 15 April 2019

Nominations for the Climate Prize must be submitted through the online submission system.

Nomination packages submitted online must be complete at the time of submission. Please note that only complete packages will be forwarded to the Climate Prize Committee for review.

For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. For additional questions, contact the Honors Team at