From April 8th to 13th the European Geoscience Union (EGU) held its annual General Assembly in Vienna. As Europe’s premier geosciences union, the EGU is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. Among the over 15,000 attendees 49 were selected to receive awards at the union and division levels. One of them was UCF’s Dr. Thomas Wahl from CECE and UCF Coastal, who was awarded the Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award by the Natural Hazards Division and gave an invited awards lecture during the meeting. This prestigious award “recognizes scientific achievements in the field covered by the related division, made by an early career scientist”. Dr. Wahl was selected by an international committee “for his fundamental contributions to the research on assessment of coastal-flood risk”. The full award citation can be found here: https://www.egu.eu/awards-medals/division-outstanding-ecs-award/2018/thomas-wahl/.