2024 IAHS-UNESCO-WMO International Hydrology Prize

The International Hydrology Prize is awarded annually by IAHS, with UNESCO and WMO, to two people who have made an outstanding contribution to hydrological science. IAHS is pleased to announce the recipients of the International Hydrology Prize (Dooge medal and Volker medal) for 2024.

The 2024 recipients of the IAHS-UNESCO-WMO International Hydrology Prize are:

  • Dooge medal - in recognition of her outstanding and remarkable contributions in taking to new frontiers the hydrological understanding of extreme weather events for the betterment of our communities - Prof. Lena Merete Tallaksen, at the University of Oslo, Physical Geography and Hydrology Section, Department of Geosciences, in Norway. 

  • Volker medal - in recognition of her steady and distinguished contribution in advancing the hydrological sciences across disciplines, in particular to the analysis and management of flood risks in dynamic human-water systems - Dr. Heidi Kreibich, at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Section Hydrology, in Germany.


The award ceremony is scheduled to take place in Florianopolis, Brazil during the joint IAHS and the Brazilian Association of Water Resources (ABRHidro) conference from 4-7 November 2024. 

Nominations for the annual Prize are made by National Committees to IAHS, National Committees to the UNESCO-IHP or National Hydrological Advisors to the WMO, and forwarded to the Secretary General of IAHS for consideration by the Nomination Committee. The Committee consists of the President and a Vice-President of IAHS and representatives of UNESCO and WMO.

As of 2014, two medals are awarded under the International Hydrology Prize: the Dooge medal and the Volker medal. Both medals are intended to distinguish outstanding achievements by hydrological scientists but with a different focus. The Dooge medal is aimed at fundamental contributions to the science of hydrology, whereas the Volker medal is aimed at outstanding applications of hydrological science for the benefit of society at large.

Our warmest congratulations go to both recipients.

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