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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


Dr. Lesley L. Smith is a physicist in the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Dr. Smith's research interests include climate diagnostics and variability on seasonal to centennial time scales, climate change, ENSO impacts, attribution of weather and climate-related extremes, chemistry climate interactions and climate modeling.

Dr. Smith is committed to increasing diversity in the scientific community and is a longtime mentor in NSF's Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) program. She has also participated in programs of organizations such as PROmoting Geoscience Research, Education & SuccesS (PROGRESS), Blacks in Government (BIG), and The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).


  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Selected Publications

  • Tegtmeier, S., et al., 2016: The SPARC Data Initiative: comparisons of CFC-11, FCF-12, HF and SF6 climatologies from international satellite limb sounders. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 1-18. doi: 10.5194/essd-8-1-2016.
  • 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.