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Awardees, new AMS Fellows, and Honorary Members of the AMS will be recognized at the AMS 104th Annual Meeting.
[Boston, MA—August 30, 2023] Each year, the American Meteorological Society recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations in the weather, water, and climate community through its Awards and Honors program. The organization is proud to announce its 2024 recipients, who will receive their award or honor at the 104th AMS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, 28 January–1 February, 2024.
“Working across a wide range of sciences and services, the members of our community are vital to upholding safety and quality of life in the United States and across the world,” says AMS Executive Director Stella Kafka. “AMS is dedicated to celebrating their excellence. AMS Awards and Honors are one way that we bring attention and acclaim to some of the standouts across our field and recognize the hard work that paves the way for their remarkable achievements. We thank our members and friends for nominating their colleagues and peers for these awards.”
Below are the AMS honorees for 2024.
AMS Honorary Members are “persons of acknowledged preeminence in the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences, either through their own contributions to the sciences or their application or through furtherance of the advance of those sciences in some other way.” The following people are named AMS Honorary Members:
Andrea Celeste Saulo
Science and Technology Medals
Awarded to Benjamin Santer, for outstanding contributions to comprehending how climate change affects atmospheric structure and behavior based on detection and attribution methods.
Awarded to William Kustas, for foundational advances in the measurement and theory of evapotranspiration, thoroughly examining climate and hydrologic sciences and their bridges to water resources management.
Awarded to Lixin Wu, for exceptional, sustained contribution to studies of multi-scale ocean circulation dynamics and the roles they play in global climate change.
Awarded to Ernesto Rodriguez, for developing innovative radar technologies and applying them to remotely sense ocean circulation, air-sea interaction, global land elevation, and land surface hydrology.
Awarded to Richard Seager, for significant and innovative contributions in the attribution of past droughts and floods, and to understanding the impact of rising greenhouse gases on future hydroclimate.
Awarded to David Randall, for exceptional research and leadership in the science of modeling weather and climate, with special emphasis on the crucial role of clouds.
Science and Technology Prizes
Awarded to Christine Chiu, for outstanding contributions boosting the development of multi-instrument remote sensing methodologies with broad applications to clouds and their effect on climate.
Awarded to Eugenia Kalnay, for contributions to Earth system predictability through the development of data assimilation techniques with profound leadership and vision in the creation of the NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis.
Awarded to William Mahoney, for a career of sustained and exemplary leadership in the Society and beyond, leading to the advancement of the weather, water, and climate enterprise.
Awarded to David Schultz, for outstanding contributions to scientific leadership in a broad range of atmosphere-related domains with tireless dedication to scientific communication, peer review, education, and research excellence.
Teaching and Mentorship Awards
Awarded to Teresa Bals-Elsholz, for innovative and engaging teaching, making challenging curricula accessible and enjoyable, enthusiastic career-long mentoring, and inspiring the next generation of atmospheric scientists, especially empowering women.
Awards for Outstanding Contributions
Awarded to Kristie Ebi, for visionary and tireless dedication to elevating the connection between climate and health with a prime focus investigating how these essential issues impact human resilience.
Awarded to Yukari Takayabu, for innovative use of satellite observations and international leadership in establishing key tropical precipitation satellite missions to advance understanding of tropical precipitation variability.
Awarded to Ronald Stouffer, for groundbreaking development of coupled atmosphere- ocean climate models with innovative applications to characterize and quantify global climate variability and change.
Awarded to Fred Martin Ralph, for contributions to understanding hydrometeorological extremes, employing new observing strategies, modeling, and the creation of innovative decision support tools, particularly as related to atmospheric rivers.
Awarded to Pam Knox, CCM, for principled leadership on the CCM Board, expertise in the application of weather and climate data, exemplary service to clients, and extensive outreach to the public.
Awarded to Yaítza Luna-Cruz, for unwavering commitment to advancing education in atmospheric science in Puerto Rico and promoting diversity and inclusion by inspiring numerous students and early-career scientists.
Awarded to David Sailor, for outstanding contributions to the urban climate community with special mention to his trailblazing efforts on modeling anthropogenic heat and mitigation strategies.
Awarded to David Fitzjarrald, for creatively and innovatively combining physics with ecological theory to advance understanding of energy and trace gas exchanges between the biosphere and the atmosphere.
For significant contributions advancing the understanding of rapid intensification of tropical cyclones and paving the way towards the use of machine learning in operational forecasting.
Recipients: Hui Su, Longtao Wu, Jonathan H. Jiang, Raksha Pai, Alex Liu, Albert J. Zhai, Peyman Tavallali, Mark DeMaria
Special Award to Grant Petty, for developing high-quality textbooks for teaching and learning in atmospheric radiation and atmospheric thermodynamics, and low-cost publishing of these and textbooks written by other authors.
Awarded to Nicola Jones for honest, high-integrity journalism, accurately capturing the greater context of research on atmospheric microplastics pollution and its effects on weather and climate.
Broadcast Meteorology Awards
Awarded to Jim Jaggers, for decades of outstanding service providing reliable forecasts, lifesaving storm coverage, and an exceptional commitment to community with weather education and charitable endeavors.
Awarded to Ben Cathey, CBM, for informing Tennesseans of the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on their treasured traditions.
Awarded to Allison Wing, for fundamental advances in understanding the organization of tropical convection through innovative modeling, theory, and observation.
Awarded to Gaige Kerr, for advancing representation, accessibility, inclusion and diversity within atmospheric sciences, fostering exceptional contributions linking atmospheric science to public health and environmental justice causes.
Awarded to Callum Shakespeare, for creative and transformative contributions, including the development of innovative tools, promoting greater understanding of the generation and propagation of internal waves in the ocean.
Awarded to Yuan Wang, for exceptional contributions to understanding the fundamental mechanisms and impacts of anthropogenic/natural aerosols on weather extremes and climate, and to advancing multiscale atmospheric models.
Awarded to George Lessens, for an outstanding broadcast career marked by passion and precision, inspiring confidence among television viewers, and impacting the community with a lifetime of service.
Awarded to NWS Buffalo New York, for exceptional forecast, warning, and decision support services to save lives and minimize suffering during the historic December 23- 27, 2022, Western New York blizzard.
AMS Chapter Awards
Awarded to the North Florida Chapter, for consistent excellence in fostering relationships between meteorology students and professionals and creativity in new public outreach, engagement, and service efforts.
Awarded to the Oswego State University chapter, for outstanding chapter growth, efforts in networking, investment in student membership, and leadership in collaboration with other AMS chapters.
The Society’s lectureships recognize outstanding mid-career scientists. Lectures will be delivered during the AMS 104th Annual Meeting.
THE WALTER ORR ROBERTS LECTURER: Benjamin Zaitchik
For significant contributions to understanding and predicting regional climate variations and their impacts on water resources, food security, and human health to inform climate adaptation.
THE ROBERT E. HORTON LECTURER IN HYDROLOGY: Huilin Gao
For innovative research using remote sensing for monitoring and modeling global reservoirs of water leading to novel contributions across the disciplines of hydrology and meteorology.
The Editor’s Award is given to an individual for outstanding service to the AMS journals, the Glossary of Meteorology, and the Meteorological Monographs. Services may include providing exceptional reviews in a timely fashion, providing consistently helpful reviews, or providing reviews of difficult submissions, as well as other assistance to the publication. Editor’s award winners for 2024 are:
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
- David Bodine
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Journal of Climate
Journal of Hydrometeorology
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Monthly Weather Review
Weather and Forecasting
- Luke Madaus
Weather, Climate, and Society
Sarah Fay Buckland
Artificial Intelligence for the Earth Systems/Weather and Forecasting
Artificial Intelligence for the Earth Systems
New AMS Fellows
AMS Fellows are elected by the AMS Council based on “outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years." New AMS Fellows in 2024 are: