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Rob Cifelli

Lead, Hydrometeorology Forcing Science Team


Dr. Rob Cifelli is currently the team lead for the Hydrometeorology Forcing Science Team ( within the Physical Science Division's (PSD's) Water Cycle Branch and the PSD lead for quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) in the NOAA Hydrometeorology Testbed (HMT program. He is also the Project Manager for the HMT-Southeast Pilot Study (HMT-SEPS - The HMT program addresses a critical societal need to better measure and predict precipitation variability, including flash flooding from extreme precipitation events in areas of steep terrain.

Dr. Cifelli has over 15 years experience in radar meteorology, including radar-rainfall estimation, and has planned and participated in numerous field experiments around the globe. In addition to his HMT duties, Dr. Cifelli also co-chairs the NOAA Steering Group on Precipitation Measurement from Space. His goal is to help establish a center of excellence for quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) in complex terrain.


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, May 1996
  • M.S., Hydrogeology, West Virginia University, Dec 1986
  • B.A., Geology, University of Colorado, May 1983

Professional Information

Research Interests

  • Radar Meteorology
  • Hydrology
  • Precipitation

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society
  • National Weather Association


  • UCAR award for education outreach, 2009