Leslie Lait, Senior Research Scientist

Leslie Lait


NASA Goddard
Bldg 33, Room E326
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-5990


Atmospheric dynamics, with emphasis on the stratosphere. Special interests: Reconstruction of atmospheric tracers using quasi-conserved coordinates. Comparison of in situ meteorological data with gridded analyses. Sampling configuration strategies for satellite-based atmospheric measurements. Stratospheric meteorological support for high-altitude aircraft field experiments. Scientific data processing systems.


Dr. Leslie Lait received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1981; followed by a Ph.D. in Physics from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1987. His doctoral thesis described the first applications of M. Salby's asynoptic space-time Fourier transform analysis to real satellite measurements. After being graduated from Iowa State, Leslie spent two years as a National Research Council Fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Subsequently, he remained at Goddard, where his research has centered on applications of quasi-conservative coordinate analysis of non-coincident measurements of trace gases from satellite remote-sensing instruments and airborne in-situ instruments. He also provides support for NASA airborne field experiments. Dr. Lait moved to GESTAR as a Senior Research Scientist when their contract began in May 2011.