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Walter Smith Named AGU Fellow

photo: Walter H.F. Smith

Walter H.F. Smith

27 July 2017 - Dr. Walter H. F. Smith of the NOAA/STAR/SOCD Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry has been selected for the American Geophysical Union's 2017 class of Union Fellows. Each year the AGU Fellows program recognizes only 0.1 percent of its membership who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers. The Fellows program serves to meet the need for identified authorities who could advise, upon request, the various government agencies and other organizations outside the Earth and space sciences. Walter's citation will read "For fundamental contributions to marine geodesy, especially applying satellite altimetry to bathymetry, physical oceanography, and oceanic tectonics."

In December the Union Fellows will be recognized at the Fall Meeting of the AGU in New Orleans. There are 61 new Fellows being recognized this year, 2 of whom are affiliated with NOAA. There are 1400 living AGU Fellows from the beginning of this program in 1962 to the present, demonstrating what a rare honor has been accorded Dr. Smith. STAR congratulates him for this achievement.