The Jerlov Award will be presented to a member of the scientific community for outstanding achievements made to the advancement of our knowledge of the nature and consequences of light in the ocean.

About the Award. Nils Gunnar Jerlov was an early leader in the area of ocean optics research. His name is recognized widely within the entire international oceanographic research community. Jerlov’s theoretical and experimental work on ocean optical and related processes helped form the foundation of modern ocean optical research. He proposed the concept of an optical ocean water mass classification and the Jerlov water types are familiar to many outside of the ocean optics community. His book, Marine Optics, published in 1976, remains widely referenced and is considered required reading for all students of ocean optics and ocean color remote sensing. The Oceanography Society (TOS) commemorates Dr. Jerlov and his many contributions to the study of light in the ocean with an international award, established in his name. For more information visit:


mobley2016 – Dr. Curtis Mobley
Dr. Curtis Mobley is an internationally renowned expert in applications of radiative transfer theory to problems in optical oceanography and ocean color remote sensing. The Oceanography Society proudly recognizes Dr. Mobley as the 2016 recipient of the Jerlov Award for his lifetime of achievements and contributions to optical oceanography.

2014 – George W. Kattawar
2012 – Kendall L. Carder
2010 – Charles S. Yentsch
2008 – Talbot Waterman
2006 – J. Ronald V. Zaneveld
2004 – Howard R. Gordon
2002 – Raymond C. Smith
2000 – André Morel

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