The Eugene LaFond Medal

Eugene LaFondMedal pictureThe Eugene LaFond Medal shall be awarded to an ocean scientist from a developing country making a presentation (poster or oral) in a IAPSO-sponsored or co-sponsored symposium at the IUGG or IAPSO assemblies.

 

 Next meeting at which the LaFond Medal will be awarded is the IAMAS-IACS-IAPSO Joint Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, 18-23 July 2021.

 

 

 


 

Eugene LaFond Medal recipient 2019

The 2019 Eugene LaFond Medal is awarded to Phd student Mr. Balakrishnan Rohith from India for his oral presentation "Basin-wide sea level coherency in the tropical Indian Ocean driven by Madden-Julian Oscillation". This was delivered on July 11, 2019 within the IAPSO-IAG joint symposium "Monitoring Sea Level Changes by Satellite and In-Situ Measurements" during the 27th IUGG General Assembly "The next century in Earth and Space Science" in Montreal.

From bottom pressure data he identified significant intraseasonal sea level variability originating from a small patch of wind over the Eastern Indian Ocean, associated with boreal winter Madden-Julian Oscillations (MJO). The importance of this mechanism is related to its propagation speed - much faster than baroclinic processes, thus allowing the basin to adjust to climatic perturbations much more rapidly than was previously thought.

 


  

How to apply for the 2021 Medal? Prospective candidates are invited to identify their presentation as being eligible for the LaFond Medal. This is done by sending an email, including a brief CV describing their education and research activities, to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and copied to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please specify in the email the title of the presentation and the symposium in which it will be presented, and in what form (oral or poster).

Applications must be submitted before the start of the IAMAS-IACS-IAPSO Joint Assembly 2021.

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 The criteria for selection of the recipient are as follows (modified in Montreal, 11 July 2019):

1. The recipient shall be a scientist who
  - has gained much of their education in a developing country (as defined by the IAPSO Executive in line with the UN classification at the time of the award call), and
    - is employed or studying in a developing country.
2. The research presented should have been mainly carried out in a developing country.

Selection procedure:

  • In the call for papers at IAPSO meetings, scientists shall be invited to identify their presentation as being eligible for the LaFond Medal. This is done by sending an E-mail, including a brief CV describing their education and research activities, to the IAPSO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and with a copy to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . At meetings where this is not possible, session convenors shall identify candidates they believe to be eligible.
  • A subset of the IAPSO Executive shall undertake to view posters and attend oral presentations by eligible candidates. They shall select the award winner based on the clarity and quality of the presentation and the contribution of their work to the science of a developing country. In the case of jointly-authored presentations the selection committee shall ensure that the award winner has made a significant contribution to the research.
  • The recipient shall be informed of the award by the IAPSO Secretary General who shall ensure that an appropriate citation is prepared to accompany the medal. The award shall be publicised by IAPSO through appropriate channels.