The medal, established in 1997, is awarded “for distinguished research in hydrology reviewed as an earth science.” Wood will receive the award at the union’s annual General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, the week of April 15, 2007, when he will also deliver the Dalton Lecture.
A professor of civil and environmental engineering, Wood heads the department’s Land Surface Hydrology Research Group. His main research interests include hydroclimatology, with an emphasis on land-atmospheric interactions, remote sensing of the terrestrial water cycle and seasonal hydrologic climate forecasts.
Wood earned his Sc.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974 and joined the Princeton faculty two years later. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the American Meteorological Society. He was named the 2001 Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology by the meteorological society and previously received the geophysical Union’s Robert E. Horton Award and Princeton’s Rheinstein Award. He currently serves as an associate editor of “Water Resources Research” and is on the editorial board of “Hydrological Processes.”