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Lesley L. Smith – Research Associate
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Attribution and Predictability Assessments Team
Affiliation: CIRES
Phone: (303) 497-6172
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Fax: (303) 497-6020


  • M.S., Computer Information Systems, Denver University, 2001
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Kansas, 1994
  • M.S., Physics, University of Kansas, 1990
  • B.A., Physics, University of Colorado, 1987

Research Interests

Selected Publications

  • Smith, L.L., J.C. Gille, 2014: Validation of the Aura High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder geopotential heights. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 8, 2775-2785. doi: 10.5194/amt-7-2775-2014.
  • Tegtmeier, S., et al, 2013: SPARC Data Initiative: A comparison of ozone climatologies from international satellite limb sounders. J. Geo. Res. Atmos., 118, 21, 12229-12247. doi:10.1002/2013JD019877.
  • Toohey, M., et al., 2013: Characterizing sampling biases in the trace gas climatologies of the SPARC Data Initiative, J. Geo. Res. Atmos., 118, 20, 11847-11862. doi:10.1002/jgrd.50874.
  • Gille, J., et al., 2012: Final correction algorithms for HIRDLS version 7 data, Proceedings of SPIE, 8511, 85110K. doi: 10.1117/12.930175.
  • Trenberth, K. E., and L. Smith, 2009: Variations in the three dimensional structure of the atmospheric circulation with different flavors of El NiƱo. J. Clim., 12, No. 11, 2978-2991. doi: 10.1175/2008JCLI2691.1.
  • Trenberth, K. E., and L. Smith, 2009: The three dimensional structure of the atmospheric energy budget: methodology and evaluation. Clim. Dyn., 32, 1065-1079. doi:10.1007/s00382-008-0389-3.
  • Trenberth, K. E., and L. Smith, 2008: Atmospheric energy budgets in the Japanese Reanalysis: Evaluation and variability. J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 86, 579-592.
  • Trenberth, K.E., L. Smith, T. Qian, A. Dai, J. Fasullo, 2007: Estimates of the global water budget and its annual cycle using observational and model data. J. Hydrometeor., 8, 758-769.
  • Trenberth, K.E., and L. Smith, 2006: The vertical structure of temperature in the tropics: Different flavors of El Nino. J. Clim., 19 4956-4973.
  • Trenberth, K.E., J. Fasullo, L. Smith, 2005: Trends and variability in column-integrated atmospheric water vapor, Clim. Dyn., 24, 741-758.
  • Trenberth, K.E., D.P. Stepaniak, L. Smith, 2005: Interannual Variability of the Mass of the Atmosphere, J. Clim., 18, 2812-2825.
  • Trenberth, K.E., and L.Smith, 2005: The Mass of the Atmosphere: a Constraint on Global Analyses, J. Clim., 18, 864-875.
  • Klonecki, A., P. Hess, L. Emmons, L. Smith, J. Orlando, D. Blake, 2003: Seasonal Changes in the Transport of Pollutants into the Arctic Troposphere - A Model Study, J. Geophys. Res., 108 (D4), 8367. doi:10.1029/2002JD002199.