Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Darrel Kingfield

Darrel Kingfield

Research Interests

  • Hazardous weather detection using Doppler radar
  • Damage identification using multispectral satellite imagery
  • Meteorological algorithm development and evaluation
  • Research-to-Operations technology transfer

Current Research

I am a member of the Weather Information Systems Evolution (WISE) team as a scientific applications and research-to-operation transition leader tasked with researching, developing, and evaluating meteorological algorithms and forecast decision-assistance software for use by government entities like the National Weather Service (NWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and United States Air Force (USAF). Currently, my development efforts are focused on Hazard Services, a next-generation alert dissemination system that will streamline the meteorological advisory/watch/warning process for NWS offices across the country.

Concurrent to this, I am a PI on several grants including (1) a National Science Foundation grant examining the bulk hydrometeor characteristics of tornadic and non-tornadic supercells using Weather Service Radar-1988 Doppler (WSR-88D) data, (2) a NOAA grant incorporating the GOES-16/17 Geostationary Lightning Mapper into the Rapid Update Cycle (RAP) and High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model assimilation frameworks, and (3) a NOAA grant examining the benefits of creating flexible county warning area boundaries for NWS severe thunderstorm and tornado warning collaboration between forecast offices.

Darrel Kingfield (yellow coat) surveying damage in Moore, Oklahoma after the 20 May 2013 EF-5 tornado. These damage observations were compared to multispectral satellite retrievals and reported in:
Kingfield, D.M. and K.M. de Beurs, 2017: Landsat Identification of Tornado Damage by Land Cover and an Evaluation of Damage Recovery in Forests. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 965–987,

Darrel Kingfield giving a seminar on polarimetric Doppler weather radar applications to participants from across the European Union at the European Severe Storms Laboratory Summer Testbed in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 National Weather Association Larry R. Johnson Special Award (team award) - "For creating the Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground (mPING) application which improved forecast operations by significantly increasing the number, quality, and type of ground-truth weather observations."
  • 2018 Charles Standley Memorial Award for Outstanding Publication by a Graduate Student - "For 'Effects of City Size on Thunderstorm Evolution Revealed through a Multiradar Climatology of the Central United States' published in the February 2018 issue of the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology"
  • 2016 National Weather Association Larry R. Johnson Special Award (team award) - "For research, development, and delivery of severe weather applications which have been successfully transitioned into NWS operations, providing critical tools for NWS forecasts and warnings."
  • 2015 National Weather Association Larry R. Johnson Special Award (team award) - "For long-term and meritorious contributions to operational meteorology, and serving as a unique portal for research to operations"
  • 2015 Dept. of Commerce Silver Medal (team award) - "For successful transition of the Multi-Radar, Multi-Sensor (MR/MS) system into operations to provide critical radar-based products to forecast weather hazards."
  • 2010 Center for Spatial Analysis Environmental Systems Research Institute Outstanding Student Scholarship
  • 2009 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Scholarship