Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Lesley L. Smith

Lesley L. Smith

Research Interests

Dr. Lesley L. Smith is a physicist in the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Her research interests include climate diagnostics and variability on seasonal to centennial time scales, 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).

Current Research

Dr. Smith is currently working on extreme weather including drought in the U.S. Great Plains, extreme precipitation in Texas and California, and changes in the Arctic.

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May 2015 had extreme precipitation in the Texas/Oklahoma region which seemed to be tied to the El Nino that spring. We're doing a statistical analysis.

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Ice extent maps of northe pole

Pan-Arctic Ice-Ocean Modeling and Assimilation System (PIOMAS) Data 2016 ice extent as compared to the 1980-1989 climatology shows Arctic ice is decreasing.Why? What could be the cause(s)? And what will be the effects on mid-latitudes?

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