Dr. Francesco Marra
My research is focused on precipitation estimation and on rainfall-related natural hazards such as floods and landslides and their sudden extremes, flash floods and debris flows. Weather radar measures precipitation over wide areas with very high spatial and temporal resolution allowing to forecast the triggering of small-scale extreme natural hazards. Producing high quality radar rainfall estimates has been the challenge of my PhD research. Long term radar archives are starting now to be available and provide unique datasets for high resolution rainfall frequency analysis at the regional scale and for the development of hydrological design studies over ungauged areas. Accuracy and potential of such radar-based products are object of debate and urgently need a proper investigation providing me a state-of-the-art topic for my post doctoral research in Jerusalem.