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Awarded in Recognition of Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea

About the Award

The Walter Munk Award is granted jointly by The Oceanography Society, the Office of Naval Research and the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy. Recipients are selected based on their:

  • Significant original contributions to the understanding of physical ocean processes related to sound in the sea
  • Significant original contributions to the application of acoustic methods to that understanding
  • Outstanding service that fosters research in ocean science and instrumentation contributing to the above

The award consists of a medal designed by Judith Munk, a commemorative lapel pin, and a certificate bearing the signatures of the Secretary of the Navy and the President of The Oceanography Society.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations must consist of:

  • A nominating statement (no more than 5 pages)
  • A suggested one-paragraph citation of no more than 100 words
  • An abbreviated CV of the nominee
  • Up to five additional letters of endorsement (2 page maximum) solicited by the master nominator (only one of which may be from the candidate's institution—international endorsements are encouraged)

The nominations deadline for the next award is April 15, 2015. All nominations should be submitted either as MS Word or Adobe PDF files to



photo of W. KupermanDr. W. Steven Holbrook
is Professor of Geophysics, University of Wyoming, and Adjunct Scientist, Physical Oceanography Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Dr. Steve Holbrook has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea. Dr. Holbrook will be honored during presentations at the December meeting of the Acoustical Society of America as well as the Ocean Sciences Meeting in February 2014.

The citation for Dr. Holbrook reads as follows:

Steve Holbrook is honored as the father of the new field of "Seismic Oceanography". His use of low frequency seismic reflection profiling to image the water column has provided quantitative and novel insights into the structure and dynamics of internal waves, eddies and mixing processes. With his innate and relentless curiosity, he has provided unprecedented views of the internal workings of the ocean. His generous collegiality has also been a stimulus to the formation of an interdisciplinary seismic oceanography community.

Previous AWARDS

2011: William Kuperman
2009: James F. Lynch
2006: Peter F. Worcester
2003: H. Thomas Rossby
2001: Robert C. Spindel
1999: Robert Pinkel
1997: Stephen A. Thorpe
1996: Leonid M. Brekhovskikh
1994: David M. Farmer
1993: Walter Munk