Leslie M. Hartten

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Research Scientist


Dynamics and Multiscale Interactions




(303) 497-7052



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; and the career paths of meteorologists.

Since I arrived in Boulder in 1993, much of my work has focused on the weather over the tropical Pacific and its interactions with the underlying ocean and with global climate. I've also been involved in various investigations into the uses and abuses of data collected by wind profiling radars. Recently, I've been branching out into the Indian and western Atlantic basins, and have begun using Linear Inverse Modelling (LIM) as a tool to study ocean/atmosphere relationships.

Research Interests

  • 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


Professional Activities

Professional Memberships

Honors and Awards

  • CIRES Bronze Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement (group award) for "rapidly implementing and supporting" the ENRR Field Campaign, 2017
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce Bronze Medal (joint organizational award) for "rapidly implementing and supporting" the ENRR Field Campaign, 2017
  • NOAA Research Employee of the Year (group award) for "administrative and logistical support" of NOAA's El Niño Rapid Response Field Campaign, 2016
  • NOAA Research EEO/Diversity Award for Exemplary Service, 2016
  • CIRES Director's Award for Diversity, 2011

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