Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology


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 award is presented occasionally.

Nominations are considered by the AMS Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences which makes recommendations, with input from the Chair of the Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Committee, for final approval by AMS Council.


Past Award Winners


2020 Elizabeth Pattey

For pioneering the development of systems that measure surface layer turbulence and the nocturnal boundary layer to quantify particulate matter and trace gas fluxes


2019 Mark D. Schwartz

For innovative advancements in phenological modeling and observations, and exceptional achievements in promoting knowledge and applications of phenology for the benefit of research and society


2018 Jose Fuentes

For uncovering the significance and workings of key interactions among flora, fauna, and the atmosphere and their role in regional and global environmental change


2017 Marc Aubinet

For significant contributions, in research and education, to applying the eddy-covariance method to atmosphere-biosphere interactions and to the problem of advection


2016 William Massman

For innovative and rigorous theoretical advances that have improved the biomicrometeorological measurement and modeling of mass and energy exchange between plants and the atmosphere.


2015 Xuhui Lee

For masterfully combining theory and observations to gain new insights into the nature and consequences of biosphere-atmosphere interactions.


2014 Ray Leuning

For significantly advancing our understanding of plant functioning, from leaf stomata to terrestrial biosphere; his outstanding contributions to global flux network through advancing micrometeorological theory.


2013 Thomas Foken

For many contributions, as a researcher and educator, to the understanding and measurement of atmosphere-biosphere interactions and the surface energy balance.


2012 William P. Kustas

For tireless leadership and unparalleled contributions to the science-based application of remote sensing to estimate evapotranspiration and vegetation stress.


2011 Kyaw Tha Paw U

For pioneering work on canopy turbulence models and the surface renewal methodology, creative teaching techniques, and outstanding leadership in promoting excellence and high standards in biometeorology.


2010 Raymond L. Desjardins

For advancing our understanding of the complex interactions between the biosphere and climate through his pioneering research using eddy flux measuring techniques.


2009 Dennis D. Baldocchi

For extensive contributions in the area of trace gas and energy exchange between vegetation and the atmosphere, and leading efforts in the international Fluxnet community.


2008 Monique Y. Leclerc

For pioneering research that has advanced our understanding of temporal and spatial patterns of local and regional carbon exchanges, and for global leadership in the advancement ofbiometeorology.


2006 Shashi B. Verma

for pioneering research that revolutionized the measurement of carbon dioxide, methane, water and energy exchange between plants and the atmosphere and for outstanding mentoring and leadership.


2005 John M. Norman

for outstanding achievement in advancing the understanding of the soil, plant, atmospheric continuum, done in a spirit of generous cooperation with colleagues and students.


2004 T. Andrew Black

for exceptional contributions to teaching and research in the area of forest biometeorology.


2003 George W. Thurtell

 for pioneering contributions to the measurement and understanding of flux transport within plant canopies and plant-water relationships.


2002 Timothy R. Oke

for extensive contributions to the theory, teaching, and applications of knowledge about the interaction between the atmosphere and biological systems.


1998 William P. Lowry

for his many contributions to the field of biometeorology as a teacher and research scientist.


1997 Gerd Jendritzky

for his leading role in advancing bioclimatic mapping and modeling for urban and regional planning.


1996 Michael E. Irwin

for his contributions to, and enthusiastic promotion of, the study of the movement and dispersal of biota by atmospheric processes.


1992 Donald E. Aylor

for his leading role in studying intermittent aspects of turbulence in models of spore release.


1990 Edgar R. Lemon

for pioneering work in the application of aerodynamic transport methods to the study of transpiration and photosynthesis in crops.


1988 Helmut Leith

for pioneering a global interdisciplinary approach to the area of ecology and its connection to climate.


1985 Robert H. Shaw

 for outstanding research in atmosphere soil crop interactions and practical application of the results, and for devotion to the education of a generation of biometeorologists.


1983 Wilbert O. Haufe

 for his many contributions to man's knowledge through the application of medical entomology and micrometeorology to the study of factors affecting the health and productivity of animals and man.


1982 Harold C. Fritts

 for his outstanding achievements in establishing the scientific basis of dendroclimatology, and for his valuable contribution to knowledge of climatic variations by means of tree ring analysis.


1981 William E. Reifsnyder

 for his numerous and outstanding contributions in forest meteorology.


1980 Champ B. Tanner

 for his solid, original and carefully researched contributions to the field of biometeorology and his high standards of academic excellence.


1978 Norman J. Rosenberg

 for his many contributions to the field of agricultural bioclimatology, including his book on the biological environment of agricultural crops that has become a standard in its field, and for his services on numerous professional committees and boards, both in the American Meteorological Society and in government services at state and federal levels.


1976 G. LeRoy Hahn

 for his leadership in the field of basic and applied climatological research concerned with establishing basic climatic design criteria for farm animals. His work for the improvement of the animal industry is recognized by scientists throughout the world.


1973 Harold D. Johnson

 for his studies in environmental physiology relating to biologic responses of large and small animals to climate and other environmental factors.


1972 Igho H. Kornblueh

 for his systematic studies on the effects on ionized particles on human beings, and for his leadership in biometeorological research.


1971 David M. Gates

 for his comprehensive understanding, clear perspectives, and effective communication of concepts concerning the important relation between living organisms and their radiation environment.


1969 William G. Wellington

 for bringing a unique combination of biological and micrometeorological insight to the study of insect biometeorology.


1967 Paul E. Waggoner

 for his outstanding contributions in relating microclimates to plant development and for the practical application of this knowledge to agricultural problems.


1966 Frederick A. Brooks

 in recognition of his role as a prominent pioneer in the application of physical principles to problems of bioclimatology, particularly in regard to agricultural crops. To those working in this field, his studies of the radiation environments of plants, of heat transfer in the air near the ground, of the deposition of aerosols, and of the development of techniques for the benefit of agricultural productions are well known. His “Introduction to Physical Microclimatology” stands alone in its breadth and depth of treatment of these problems.


1964 Helmut E. Landsberg

 for his contributions to the science of bioclimatology and for his vigorous and effective efforts to bring attention to this field in proportion to its scientific and public importance. Dr. Landsberg not only has clarified the basic physical problems of determining the climate of the biosphere, but also has brought out clearly the main biological, ecological, and medical factors of the microclimate that affect the health, happiness, efficiency, and safety of the human organism. In view of the fact that man's knowledge should be applied primarily to man in his habitat, we wish to recognize our appreciation of Dr. Landsberg's efforts to increase our understanding of the normal human environment and its effect on our lives and activities.


1963 Konrad J. K. Buettner

 for his distinguished and continuing studies on the influence of the atmospheric environment on man.


1960 Frederick Sargent II

for his success in organizing the field of bioclimatology in this country and for his outstanding studies on the effects of weather on man.