The Robert E. Horton Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition for “outstanding contributions to hydrology.” Established in 1974, the Horton Medal is named in honor of Robert E. Horton, who made significant contributions to the study of the hydrologic cycle. Walter B. Langbein was the first recipient of the Horton Medal.
This year the Austrian scientist Dr. Günter Blöschl received the Robert E. Horton Medal in recognition of his research predicting hydrological processes across scales. The honorees were recognized during the Honors Tribute at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, which took place on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 in San Francisco.
Dr. Günter Blöschl's work has been supported by grants from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), and the the European Commission in the past.
As an alumni of the Vienna University of Technology Dr. Günter Blöschl was appointed Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management at the Vienna University of Technology in 2007. Moreover, Dr. Blöschl has served as the President of the European Geosciences Union from April 2013 to April 2015.