Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Leslie M. Hartten

Leslie M. Hartten

  • 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

Current Research

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. In the last several years 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.

In early 2016 I spent 5 weeks on Kiritimati (pronounced "Christmas") Island in the equatorial central Pacific (2.01°N, 157.4°W).  My colleagues and I launched twice-daily radiosondes as part of the El Niño Rapid Response (ENRR) field campaign.  Since then I've been leading the effort to quality control the surface and upper-air data collected from Kiritimati and the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown during ENRR, and working with others to disseminate our data and initial results.

Kiritimati Island balloon launch, March 2016 during ENRR

Leslie launching the 00Z CXENRR balloon on 17 March 2016 from the Captain Cook Hotel in Main Camp, Kiritimati Island during the El Niño Rapid Response (ENRR) field campaign.

915-MHz wind profiler teardown, San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands

Taking apart the clutter screen on the 915-MHz wind profiler that operated on San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands from 1994-2004.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 - CIRES Bronze Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement (group award)
  • 2017 - NOAA Bronze Medal (joint organizational award)
  • 2016 - NOAA Research Employee of the Year (group award)
  • 2016 - NOAA Research EEO/Diversity Award for Exemplary Service
  • 2011 - Premier recipient of the CIRES Director's Diversity Award
  • 2010 - SOARS® Ten Years of Service
  • 1984-1985 - Fellowship, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • 1981-1984 - National Merit Scholar

View Publications

  • Penland, C and LM Hartten (2014), Stochastic forcing of north tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures by the North Atlantic Oscillation. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 41 (6) 2126-2132, issn: 0094-8276, ids: AE8PX, doi: 10.1002/2014GL059252
  • Hartten, LM and MA LeMone (2014), HOW REPRESENTATIVE ARE AMS MEMBERSHIP SURVEYS?. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. Version: 1 95 (5) 775-779, issn: 0003-0007, ids: AL4GS, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00058.1
  • Hartten, LM and PE Johnston (2014), Stratocumulus-Topped Marine Boundary Layer Processes Revealed by the Absence of Profiler Reflectivity. J. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol. Version: 1 53 (7) 1775-1789, issn: 1558-8424, ids: AL0KY, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-12-0308.1
  • Riddle, AC, LM Hartten, DA Carter, PE Johnston and CR Williams (2012), A Minimum Threshold for Wind Profiler Signal-to-Noise Ratios. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol. Version: 1 29 (7) 889-895, issn: 0739-0572, ids: 978CH, doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00173.1
  • Hartten, LM and MA LeMone (2010), THE EVOLUTION AND CURRENT STATE OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES "PIPELINE". Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. Version: 1 91 (7) 942-956, issn: 0003-0007, ids: 636RX, doi: 10.1175/2010BAMS2537.1
  • Hartten, LM and PA Datulayta (2004), Seasonal and interannual variations in the daily cycle of winds over the Galapagos. J. Clim. Version: 1 17 (23) 4522-4530, issn: 0894-8755, ids: 876MP, doi: 10.1175/3217.1
  • Adachi, A, WL Clark, LM Hartten, KS Gage and T Kobayashi (2004), An observational study of a shallow gravity current triggered by katabatic flow. Ann. Geophys. Version: 1 10th International Workshop on Technical and Scientific Aspects of MST Radar 22 (11) 3937-3950, Univ Piura, Piura, PERU, MAY 13-20, 2003, issn: 0992-7689, ids: 885NW
  • Johnston, PE, LM Hartten, CH Love, DA Carter and KS Gage (2002), Range errors in wind profiling caused by strong reflectivity gradients. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol. Version: 1 5th International Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling 19 (6) 934-953, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, DEC 04-08, 2000, issn: 0739-0572, ids: 557GZ, doi: 10.1175/1520-0426(2002)019<0934:REIWPC>2.0.CO;2
  • Hartten, LM and KS Gage (2000), ENSO's impact on the annual cycle: The view from Galapagos. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 27 (3) 385-388, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 282EY, doi: 10.1029/1999GL010953
  • Hartten, LM and DS Gutzler (1998), Estimates of large-scale divergence in the lower troposphere over the western equatorial Pacific. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 103 (D20) 25895-25904, issn: 2169-897X, ids: 132BH, doi: 10.1029/98JD02171
  • Hartten, LM (1998), Reconciliation of surface and profiler winds at ISS sites. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol. Version: 1 15 (3) 826-834, issn: 0739-0572, ids: ZQ890, doi: 10.1175/1520-0426(1998)015<0826:ROSAPW>2.0.CO;2
  • Angevine, WM, AW Grimsdell, LM Hartten and AC Delany (1998), The Flatland boundary layer experiments. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. Version: 1 79 (3) 419-431, issn: 0003-0007, ids: ZE363, doi: 10.1175/1520-0477(1998)079<0419:TFBLE>2.0.CO;2
  • Ciesielski, PE, LM Hartten and RH Johnson (1997), Impacts of merging profiler and rawinsonde winds on TOGA COARE analyses. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol. Version: 1 14 (6) 1264-1279, issn: 0739-0572, ids: YH198, doi: 10.1175/1520-0426(1997)014<1264:IOMPAR>2.0.CO;2
  • Hartten, LM (1996), Synoptic settings of westerly wind bursts. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 101 (D12) 16997-17019, issn: 2169-897X, ids: UZ750, doi: 10.1029/96JD00030
  • Gutzler, DS and LM Hartten (1995), Daily variability of lower tropospheric winds over the tropical western Pacific. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 100 (D11) 22999-23008, issn: 2169-897X, ids: TF791, doi: 10.1029/95JD01879