Every scientific organization seeks to acknowledge those members and individuals whose work should be recognized for its greater purpose and value to the entire enterprise. AMS invites its members and friends to nominate those colleagues and peers who are so deserving of an award.
AMS offers 36 different awards covering a wide array of areas.
Awards nominations are due on 1 May. Most awards require the following: nomination letter, nominee Curriculum Vitae, bibliography, and three (3) letters of support. For specific requirments please select an award below. A committee or commission has the responsibility to select and submit to the Council the names of individuals nominated for the Society's awards listed.
The Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal is presented to individuals on the basis of outstanding contributions to the understanding of the structure or behavior of the atmosphere.
The Jule G. Charney Award is granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.
The Hydrologic Sciences Medal is granted to researchers who make outstanding contributions to scientific knowledge in hydrology, hydrometeorology, and/or hydroclimatology, including interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere. It represents the highest award the Society can bestow upon an individual in the hydrologic sciences. The award is in the form of a medallion.
The Verner E. Suomi Technology Medal is granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant technological achievement in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.
The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award is given to an individual in recognition of research achievement that concerns the observation, theory, and modeling of atmospheric motions on all scales.
The David and Lucille Atlas Remote Sensing Prize is granted biennially to individuals in recognition of advances in the science and technology of remote sensing, and its application to knowledge of the earth, oceans, and atmosphere, and/or to the benefit of society.
The Henry G. Houghton Award is given to an individual in recognition of research achievement in the fields of physical meteorology, physical climatology, atmospheric chemistry, or hydrology.
The Sverdrup Gold Medal is granted to researchers who make outstanding contributions to the scientific knowledge of interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere.
The Henry Stommel Research Medal is granted to researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of the understanding of the dynamics and physics of the ocean.
The Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award is to be given to an individual in recognition of research achievement in the field of physical oceanography.
The Charles Franklin Brooks Award for Outstanding Service to the Society is presented to an individual who has made important contributions to the Society, usually over a period of years.
The Cleveland Abbe Award for Distinguished Service to the Atmospheric and Related Sciences by an Individual is presented on the basis of activities that have materially contributed to the progress of the atmospheric and related sciences or to the application of the atmospheric and related sciences to general, social, economic, or humanitarian welfare.
The Award for Outstanding Services by a Corporation is granted to a corporation for contributions to the advancement of the atmospheric and related sciences or their application.
Special Awards are presented to individuals, teams of individuals, or organizations not appropriately recognized by more specifically defined awards and who have made important contributions to the science or practice of meteorology or related aspects of oceanography or hydrology, or to the Society.
The Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award recognizes individuals who have spent most of their careers in the government or private sectors and who, over a substantial period of time, have provided outstanding and inspiring mentorship of professional colleagues or students.
The Louis J. Battan Author’s Award, Adult, is presented to the author(s) of an outstanding book on the atmospheric and related sciences of a technical or non-technical nature published within the last three years, with consideration to those books that foster public understanding of meteorology in adult audiences.
The Louis J. Battan Author’s Award, K-12, is presented to the author(s) of outstanding learning materials or book published within the last three years that fosters the understanding of atmospheric and related sciences in K-12 audiences.
The Charles E. Anderson Award is given to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the promotion of diversity in the atmospheric or related sciences and broader communities through education and community service.
The Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award is to be given annually to an individual in recognition of sustained outstanding teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and/or graduate or post-doctoral levels and the impact this individual has had on students.
The Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences recognizes outstanding science journalism about scientific discoveries, principles, advances, and impacts in all media outlets including radio, television, film, newspaper, magazine, social media, and online. The award embraces a broad definition of journalism including, but not limited to reporting, interviewing, humorous blogging, and opinion or commentary pieces, as long as they convey strong, accurate science.
The Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology is granted to an individual for contributions to the direct application of meteorological or climatological knowledge to the fulfillment of industrial or agricultural needs or in research and development of scientific knowledge, which can meet such needs.
The Award for Broadcast Meteorology was established to recognize a broadcast meteorologist for sustained long-term contributions to the community through the broadcast media, or for outstanding work during a specific weather event.
The Award for Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist is open to all AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologists and AMS Sealholders. The award is for excellence in showcasing station scientist material that is accessible and interesting to the general public, recognizing that an informed, scientifically literate citizenry is essential for meaningful public discourse and decision-making. Excellence can be demonstrated through a single report or series or an overall body of work.
The Henry T. Harrison Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Consulting Meteorologist was established to recognize a consulting meteorologist for outstanding contributions to the profession, clients, and society.
The Editor’s Award is given to an individual for outstanding service to the journals, the Glossary of Meteorology, and the Meteorological Monographs.
The Charles L. Mitchell Award is given in recognition of long-term service by individuals engaged in weather forecasting activities.
The Award for an Exceptional Specific Prediction is given to one or more individuals in recognition of an exceptional prediction of one or more significant events.
The Francis W. Reichelderfer Award is given in recognition of distinguished contributions to the provision of operational environmental services to the public.
The Helmut E. Landsberg Award recognizes an individual or team for exemplary contributions to the fields of urban meteorology, climatology, or hydrology, including, but not restricted to, achievements through measurements or modeling that provide an improved understanding of atmospheric processes in urban environments, enhanced urban meteorological or air quality forecasting capabilities, advances in identifying and quantifying beneficial and adverse impacts in urban areas, or in recognition of service or applications in the field.
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the theory, teaching, and/or application of knowledge about interactions between the atmosphere and biological systems.
The Kenneth C. Spengler Award is presented to an individual, team, or organization whose efforts have contributed to the growth of the weather, water, and climate enterprise while materially fostering a sense of community and creating synergistic linkages among the public, private, and academic sectors, as well as the user community.
The Banner I. Miller Award is presented for an outstanding contribution to the science of hurricane and tropical weather forecasting published in a journal with international circulation during the 48 months prior to the deadline for nominations.
The Robert Leviton Student Prize is presented for an outstanding student paper on the development or evaluation of atmospheric instrumentation or unique measurement techniques.
The Max A. Eaton Student Prize is awarded for an outstanding student paper presented at each technical conference on hurricanes and tropical meteorology.
The Spiros G. Geotis Student Prize is awarded for an outstanding student paper presented at each technical conference on radar meteorology.
The Peter V. Hobbs Student Prize is awarded for an outstanding student paper presented at each technical conference on cloud physics.
Each year the AMS recognizes two local chapters (one regular chapter and one student chapter) that have demonstrated exceptional innovation and activity over the past year.