Research Meteorologist and Director
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
- Dr. F. Martin Ralph is a research meteorologist focused on understanding the physical processes that create extremes in precipitation ranging from flood to drought, and on advancing associated observations, predictions, climate projections and decision support tools. A primary topic has been atmospheric rivers and their role in precipitation. From 2001 - 2013 he was Chief of the Water Cycle Branch at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Colorado where he led the development of the Hydrometeorology Testbed. He also managed NOAA’s Science, Technology and Infusion Program, Chaired NOAA’s US Weather Research Program Executive Committee, and led the creation of NOAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program. In 2013 he moved to the University of California San Diego/Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he is Director of the “Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes” (CW3E). Dr. Ralph has published over 75 peer-reviewed scientific articles and championed the establishment of testbeds as a method to accelerate the development and infusion of new science and technology into weather and climate forecasting operations.