Henry Selkirk, Associate Research Scientist

Henry Selkirk


NASA Goddard
Bldg 33, Room E418
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-6846


Dr. Henry B. Selkirk received his Ph. D. in Meteorology in 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA and a BA in 1977 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. His Ph.D. thesis was an observational study of the Madden-Julian oscillation. Before joining GESTAR in May 2011, Dr. Selkirk worked at GEST/UMBC for three years, and had been working in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center on topics related to tropical climate, weather and wave dynamics, atmospheric trace constituents, aerosols and transport processes, and stratosphere-troposphere exchange processes. He has participated in some 20 research aircraft missions since 1987 providing flight planning and meteorological support. In 2004 he organized with Costa Rican collaborators the first of what became five Ticosonde high-frequency radiosonde campaigns in Costa Rica, extending these observations in 2005 to what is now an ongoing program of CFH and ECC ozonesonde measurements. This continuing work remains a joint enterprise with Dr. Holger Vömel of the Deutscher Wetterdienst, Dra. Jessica Valverde of the Universidad Nacional and with the Instituto Meteorlógico Nacional of Costa Rica. These observations provide a unique and important source of accurate water vapor measurements in the TTL for satellite validation and climate modeling.