Oreste Reale, Director, GESTAR

Oreste Reale

Contact Info

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Bldg 32, Room N148B
Greenbelt, MD 20771; Affiliation: USRA
Phone: 301-614-6254
Email: oreste.reale-1@nasa.gov

Research Interests

Dr. Reale has been member of the NASA Sounder Science Team since 2011 as PI of 3 AIRS-related NASA Grants. His current grant is focused on the impact of AIRS and CrIS data on tropical cyclone forecasting within a global data assimilation and forecast framework. Dr. Reale is also involved in the monitoring, evaluation and validation efforts within the GMAO. Research interests include tropical cyclones, extreme precipitation forecasting, atmospheric dynamics, synoptic-dynamic meteorology, data impact and data sensitivity studies.


Dr. Oreste Reale received his Laurea in geophysical engineering from the University of Trieste, Italy, in 1990. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Reale worked on applied geophysics at the University of Trieste; from 1992 to 1996, he was a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his M.S. in meteorology in 1994, and his Ph.D. in meteorology in 1996. Upon completing his doctorate, from 1996 to 1999 Dr. Reale worked in Italy, contributing to the development of a meteo-hydrological operational center (CMIRL, Genoa, Italy). From 1999 to 2001 Dr. Reale worked in the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA, Maryland), on the impact of land-surface evaporation variability and on the dynamics of Mediterranean floods. He joined NASA GSFC through UMBC/GEST in 2001 working on the synoptic and dynamic meteorology of extreme events, such as tropical cyclones, and on their sensitivity to model improvements and data types. Since 2011 he has been in USRA/GESTAR, working as PI or co-I on several funded projects. Prior to his current grant, Dr. Reale had been PI of a 3-year funded NASA proposal on Observing System Simulation Experiments (2006-2009), co-I of funded NASA proposals on the African Monsoon (2007-2009), on Calipso-CloudSat (2010-2014), on long-term predictability of tropical cyclones (2011-2014) and PI on grants on AIRS. In 2011 Dr. Reale was recipient of the 'Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award' from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park, and of the USRA Management award in 2018. In February 2019, Dr. Reale was appointed Director of GESTAR.