The 2013 Sergey Soloviev Medal is awarded to Emile Okal for his seminal contributions to the understanding of the physics of tsunamis and for establishing new methods of tsunami mitigation.
Emile Okal is a leading figure in the field of tsunamis, with an impressive productivity of quality, high-impact papers in top journals, including Nature. He has a broad experience in the field of tsunami hazards and his scientific work is of outstanding quality. Through his many field surveys all over the world, Okal is making a crucial contribution to the understanding of the physics of tsunamis and establishing new methods of tsunami mitigation. He has a fine record of training young researchers, of public outreach (including public lectures and UNESCO courses), and of serving the scientific community through his editorships of leading journals.