Don Cline, Ph.D.

Don Cline is responsible for USGS research, monitoring, and assessment on the Nation's water resources.


Career History and Highlights

Don joins the USGS from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he has worked for NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) for the last twenty years. Most recently, Don has been serving as the Director for the National Water Center (NWC) of NWS, of which he is responsible for designing the conceptual, architectural, and programmatic schemes for the new Center, the first facility in the world designed specifically to address major societal challenges in water resources. Don also established an innovative federal interagency collaboration with four water sector agencies to improve interoperability of data and information systems, leverage resources towards the development of comprehensive water modeling and prediction capabilities, and establish a common operating picture among federal water agencies. Prior to becoming Director for NWC, he was Chief for the Office of Hydrologic Development, and Director for the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center NOHRSC before becoming after joining NOAA's NOHRSC in 1996 as a science development and operations officer.


Don obtained a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder.