Lucrezia Ricciardulli

Research Physicist

Office: 707-545-2904 x23


  • Ocean vector wind retrievals from space
  • Development of Scatterometer Geophysical Model Functions
  • Climate Data Records
  • Satellite data intercalibration
  • Calibration/Validation of wind data including hurricane-force winds
  • Water cycle and atmospheric circulation variability
  • Statistical, spectral, and climate analysis of large data set.


Additional interests: Remote sensing of sea surface temperatures, precipitation, clouds; Tropical convection in General Circulation Models; Equatorial waves and tropical dynamics; Microphysics of aerosols; Numerical modeling of atmospheric chemistry and dynamics; Effects of aviation on the stratosphere.

Current Projects

  • "Developing, Testing, and Verifying a Geophysical Model Function for RapidScat"; JPL subcontract, Jan 2014- Mar 2017
  • "Improvements to the Vector Wind Climate Record Using RapidScat as a Common Reference and Aquarius/SMAP for High Winds in Rain"; NASA  Ocean Vector Wind Science Team, Sep 2014-Sep 2018
  • "Ocean Products from the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) For Studying Climate Variability over the Oceans "; NASA Physical Oceanography, Sep 2014-Sep 2018 
  • "Precursors and Dynamics of ENSO Events from 25-years of Climate-Quality Satellite Ocean Observations"; NASA Physical Oceanography; PI: Antonietta Capotondi, University of Colorado. Mar 2015- Mar 2018.


  • 2001-present: Scientist, Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, California.
  • 1999- 2001: Research Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado and Climate Diagnostic Center, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado.
  • 1998-1999: Visiting Postdoc, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.
  • 1997-1998: Graduate Research, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.
  • 1995-1996: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Physics, University of L’Aquila, Italy.
  • 1994-1995: Scientific consultant in Atmospheric Physics,  Physics Department, University of L’Aquila, Italy.

Professional Service

  • 2014-current: ISS-RapidScat Science and Cal/Val Team member
  • 2009-current: NASA Ocean Vector Wind Science Team member.
  • 2004: Member of site visit review team for a proposed NSF Science and Technology Center, "Center for Multi-Scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (MMAP)", Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • 2002-2008: Member of the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) Working Group.
  • 1999-2008: Member of the Community Climate System Model (CCSM) Atmospheric Model Working Group (AMWG)
  • 1993-1996: Collaboration with NASA/Atmospheric Effects of Aviation Program (AEAP).


  • 2015: NASA Group Achievement Award as a member of the RapidScat Science Data Processing Team. 


  • Ph. D., Physics, University of L'Aquila, Italy, 1998.
  • M.S., Physics, University of L'Aquila, Italy, 1993. Graduated Summa Cum Laude.


Recent presentations

Ricciardulli, L., T. Meissner, and F. Wentz, 2016: Ocean Wind Climate Data Record. Presented at the EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference, September 2016, Darmstadt, Germany.


Other Interests

  • Figure Skating, Ice Dancing
  • Cooking: Cakes and Desserts
  • Classical and Jazz Music