Leslie M. HarttenResearch Scientist
I've been hooked on weather since I took Earth Science in 8th grade. Experiences during my undergraduate days convinced me I wasn't cut out to be a forecaster, so I turned to research and have never regretted it. I've studied fair-weather continental boundary layers and tropical marine ones; large-scale tropical phenomena and long-term variations in sea breezes; some of the instruments that collect data as well as the career paths of meteorologists.
Since I arrived in Boulder in 1993, much of my work has focussed on the weather over the tropical Pacific and its interactions with the underlying ocean and with global climate. I've also become involved in various investigations into the uses and abuses of data collected by wind profiling radars. Recently, I've been branching out into the subtropics and the western Atlantic basin.
- Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dec 1993
- M.S., Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 1988
- B.S., Meteorology, SUNY College at Oneonta, May 1984
- The synoptics and dynamics of the atmosphere over the tropical oceans
- Boundary layer meteorology
- The response of wind profiling radars to atmospheric processes
- Good graphical practices applied to scientific research
- How science is done, and by whom