Dr. Alessandro Battaglia

Associate Professor
University of Leicester


I'm a world leader in radiative transfer studies, related to clouds and precipitation microwave remote sensing and in simulation and retrieval of cloud microphysics for space-borne radar systems. I have also extensive experience in microwave radiometry. I am currently Member of the Science Team of the NASA_JAXA Global Precipitation mission, Member of the ESA-JAXA EarthCARE Mission Advisory Board and Member of the ESA SKIM Mission Advisory Board. I am associate editor for the AMS Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology and member of the Editorial Board of the MDPI journal Atmosphere. I was the PI of the ADMIRARI radiometer (http://www2.meteo.uni-bonn.de/admiMrari/) that has participated to several GPM field campaigns part of the NASA Global Precipitation Mission ground validation program.

Research Interests

Active and passive remote sensing of clouds and precipitation


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Robert H. Goddard Award (Team) for the category of Exceptional Achievement in Science in 2014 for creative development and use of validation data for GPM from surface-based sensors and four highly successful field campaigns.

NASA Agency Group Achievement Award with a citation reading “For exceeding all expectations for GPM operations, data processing, algorithm performance, science impact, and education and public outreach within one year after launch.”

Current Projects and Collaborations

Dr Battaglia is the PI of the project Ice processes in Antarctica: identification via multi-wavelength active and passive measurements and model evaluation funded by US-Department of Energy within the Atmospheric System Research program from 9/17 to 9/20 to study clouds over Antarctica during the AWARE field campaign. Duration: from 1/9/2017 to 30/8/2020.

Dr Battaglia is the PI of the ESA project RainCast, a 18-month project focused at studying the next generation of multi-frequency radars for mapping cloud and precipitation. Duration: from 1/1/2019 to 30/6/2020.

Dr Battaglia is the PI of the CEOI grant GRACE (G-band RAdar for Cloud Experiment), a 18-months project focused at building a 200 GHz radar for cloud studies. Duration: from 1/5/2018 to 30/1/2020.

Dr Battaglia is the PI of the project NCEO Radiation and Rainfall funded by the UK National Center for Earth Observation focused at preparation studies for the EarthCARE mission. Duration: from 1/10/2014 to 31/3/2019.