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EPS Special Award

The EPS Special Award shall be awarded to those who made outstanding contributions to the journal Earth, Planets and Space by the editor-in-chief and the presidents of the following five supporting societies: 

  • Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences
  • The Seismological Society of Japan
  • The Volcanological Society of Japan
  • The Geodetic Society of Japan
  • The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences

The “EPS Special Award Committee”, which is composed of the members of the EPS editorial board, shall nominate the award. This award is not annual.


The 2nd EPS Special Award goes to the authors of the following papers:

GEOMAGIA50.v3: 1. general structure and modifications to the archeological and volcanic database

Maxwell C Brown, Fabio Donadini, Monika Korte, Andreas Nilsson, Kimmo Korhonen, Alexandra Lodge, Stacey N Lengyel & Catherine G Constable
Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:83

GEOMAGIA50.v3: 2. A new paleomagnetic database for lake and marine sediments

Maxwell C Brown, Fabio Donadini, Andreas Nilsson, Sanja Panovska, Ute Frank, Kimmo Korhonen, Maximilian Schuberth, Monika Korte & Catherine Constable
Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:70

These technical reports present GEOMAGIA50.v3, a comprehensive online database providing access to published paleomagnetic, rock magnetic, and chronological data from a variety of materials that record information about Earth’s magnetic field over the past 50 thousand years, containing over 12,000 entries of geomagnetic field directions and intensities from archeological and volcanic materials, and approximately 46,000 data entries for sedimentary records. It has been widely utilized in studies of geomagnetism, the deep Earth, the space environment, climate, volcanism, and archeology. Both papers are among the most well-cited technical reports in Earth, Planets and Space with over 90 citations as of March 2021. Contribution of these papers to the academic and relevant research is outstanding. Thus, we decided the EPS Special Award should go to these papers.


The 1st EPS Special Award goes to the authors of the following paper.
International Geomagnetic Reference Field: the 12th generation 
Erwan Thébault, Christopher C Finlay, Ciarán D Beggan, Patrick Alken, Julien Aubert, Olivier Barrois, Francois Bertrand, Tatiana Bondar, Axel Boness, Laura Brocco, Elisabeth Canet, Aude Chambodut, Arnaud Chulliat, Pierdavide Coïsson, François Civet, Aimin Du, Alexandre Fournier, Isabelle Fratter, Nicolas Gillet, Brian Hamilton, Mohamed Hamoudi, Gauthier Hulot, Thomas Jager, Monika Korte, Weijia Kuang, Xavier Lalanne, Benoit Langlais, Jean-Michel Léger, Vincent Lesur, Frank J Lowes, Susan Macmillan, Mioara Mandea, Chandrasekharan Manoj, Stefan Maus, Nils Olsen, Valeriy Petrov, Victoria Ridley, Martin Rother, Terence J Sabaka, Diana Saturnino, Reyko Schachtschneider, Olivier Sirol, Andrew Tangborn, Alan Thomson, Lars Tøffner-Clausen, Pierre Vigneron, Ingo Wardinski  and Tatiana Zvereva
Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:79 

This paper presents the 12th generation of the International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) model which gives the standard geomagnetic model for the year 1900.0-2015.0 with secular variations to 2020.0.  The model was a product from all the efforts in the geomagnetism community including geomagnetic observatories, magnetic field satellite missions, and IAGA V-MOD working group. It has been widely used in studies of the Earth's deep interior, crust, ionosphere, and magnetosphere. The paper is authored by 48 researchers and is now one of the most well-cited papers in Earth, Planets and Space with more than 332 citations (as of June 2019). Its contribution to the academic and relevant research is outstanding. Thus, we have decided that the first EPS Special Award should go to this paper.