Dr Alessandro Battaglia

photoReader in Physics

MPhys (Padua), PhD (Ferrara)

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3521

Email: ab474@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 111, MA building

Office hours: 9-17

Personal details

MPhys, PhD

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.


Active and passive remote sensing of clouds and precipitation from ground-based and space-borne platforms is the central theme of my research. Synergetic remote sensing observations from both space and ground-based sensors and their clever use through the development of new retrieval algorithms and sampling strategies constitute my approach for probing clouds and precipitation in their natural environment. The development of new Earth Observation radar concepts is also part of my group's research activities.

Current Projects

Dr Battaglia is the PI (co-I A. Fridling, NASA GISS and Dr. D. Kneifel, University of Cologne) 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 (co-I P. Kollias, University of Cologne and Y. Munro, Airbus) of the ESA project Multi-frequency radar instrument study, a 18-month project focused at studying the next generation of multi-frequency radars for mapping cloud and precipitation. Duration: from 1/4/2017 to 30/3/2019.

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 30/11/2019.

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.

Dr Battaglia is the Leicester PI of the ESA project DORSY (Doppler Radar Synergistic Products), a three year project in partnership with McGill University and ECMWF focused at preparing the Level2 Doppler Radar products for the EarthCARE mission. Duration: from 1/7/2015 to 30/6/2019.


  • Electromagnetic fields PA224
  • Introduction to statistical mechanics opt216
  • The Earth from space opt3653
  • Laboratory Physics 2 PA2900
  • CENTA Management Board Member
  • March 2018: ``Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale in Prima e Seconda Fascia per la classe SC: 02/C1 ASTRONOMIA, ASTROFISICA, FISICA DELLA TERRA E DEI PIANETI’’ from the Italian MIUR.
  • January 2011: Professor Habilitation at the University of Bonn, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences with a thesis on ‘Multiple scattering effects in radar systems: theory, modelling and observations’.


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