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The research of Henry M. Stommel, a physical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at the time of his death, will be honored with the creation of a new prestigious award in oceanography.

WHOI is establishing the Henry Melson Stommel Medal, to be awarded to individuals who have made fundamental and enduring contributions to observing and understanding ocean processes. A $10,000 cash award will accompany the gold medal. Special consideration will be given to contributions rooted in oceanographic observations.