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browse graphic The Water Cycle Branch combines an extensive suite of sensors with expertise on basic physical processes affecting weather and climate, observing system capabilities and deployment, numerical modeling, and forecasting techniques. This team of 30 people, including 13 scientists and 9 engineers, conducts research focused on improving the understanding and prediction of a variety of phenomena that span the interface of weather and climate and that are of particular importance to NOAA and to society, e.g., precipitation processes and forecasting, the relationship between short-term climate variability and significant weather events, and meteorological influences on air quality. The group has extensive experience with design and use of regional networks of ground-based and airborne remote sensors, conventional in-situ observations and satellite data. These have been used in major NOAA efforts (e.g., HOA, WRF model development, USWRP's PACJET experiment), and have created close ties with other NOAA labs and with the NWS (NCEP, WFOs, and RFCs) and growing ties with NESDIS (CIRA and CIMSS).