The Charles S. Falkenberg Award was established in 2002 and is presented jointly by AGU and the Earth Science Information Partnership (ESIP). The award is for a scientist under 45 years of age who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.
Trained as a computer scientist, Charles Falkenberg focused on enabling practical applications of Earth science through data visualization and information technology. This award is dedicated to his memory. Charles Falkenberg, his wife Leslie, and their daughters Zoe and Dana died in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.