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Alyn Lambert

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-701
Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Stratosphere And Upper Troposphere


  • B.Sc. Physics with Astrophysics (Honors, First Class)University of Leeds, UK (1982)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Leeds, UK (1986)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Microwave Atmospheric Science Group,Research Scientist (2005-Present)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, HIRDLS Science Team Co-Investigator. Project Scientist I/II (1998-2005)
  • University of Oxford, UK. Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. UARS/ISAMS and Galileo/NIMS Science Teams. Senior Research Associate (1991-1998)
  • Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, CEN-Saclay, France. Service d'Astrophysique. Granat/SIGMA Science Team. Research Collaborator (1988-1990).
  • University of Leeds, UK - Department of Physics, Havarah Park Research Group. Research Fellow (1986-1988)

Research Interests

  • Theory and practice of remote sounding of the Earth's atmosphere from satellite platforms.
  • Development of operational algorithms for forward modeling of atmospheric radiances and inverse modeling for retrieval of geophysical data products.
  • Innovative analyses combining Aura MLS measurements of gas-phase HNO3 with CALIPSO CALIOP lidar measurements to study early winter formation and development of PSCs and denitrification through sedimentation of PSC particles.

Selected Awards

  • NASA Exceptional Public Acievement Medal (2017), For comprehensive and creative joint analyses of data from the Aura and CALIPSO missions, revealing new details of polar stratospheric cloud formation.
  • Seven NASA Group Achievement Awards: Aura Team (2005), Aura Project (2005), HIRDLS (2006), MLS (2006), TC4 (2008), ARCTAS (2009), MLS (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Awards for EOS Aura (2005)

Selected Publications

  1. A. Lambert and M. L. Santee. Accuracy and precision of polar lower stratospheric temperatures from reanalyses evaluated from A-Train CALIOP and MLS, COSMIC GPS RO, and the equilibrium thermodynamics of supercooled ternary solutions and ice clouds. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(3):1945-1975, 2018. (doi:10.5194/acp-18-1945-2018).
  2. A. Lambert, M. L. Santee, and N. J. Livesey. Interannual variations of early winter Antarctic polar stratospheric cloud formation and nitric acid observed by CALIOP and MLS. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16(23):15219-15246, 2016. (doi:10.5194/acp-16-15219-2016).
  3. A. Lambert, M. L. Santee, D. L. Wu, and J. H. Chae. A-train CALIOP and MLS observations of early winter Antarctic polar stratospheric clouds and nitric acid in 2008. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12(6):2899-2931, 2012. (doi:10.5194/acp-12-2899-2012).
  4. A. Lambert, W. G. Read, N. J. Livesey, M. L. Santee, G. L. Manney, L. Froidevaux, D. L. Wu, M. J. Schwartz, H. C. Pumphrey, C. Jimenez, G., E. Nedoluha, R. E. Cofield, D. T. Cuddy, W. H. Daffer, B. J. Drouin, R., A. Fuller, R. F. Jarnot, B. W. Knosp, H. M. Pickett, V. S. Perun, W. V. Snyder, P. C. Stek, R. P. Thurstans, P. A. Wagner, J. W. Waters, K. W. Jucks, G. C. Toon, R. A. Stachnik, P. F. Bernath, C. D. Boone, K. A. Walker, J. Urban, D. Murtagh, J. W. Elkins, and E. Atlas. Validation of the Aura Microwave Limb Sounder middle atmosphere water vapor and nitrous oxide measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 112(D24), 2007. (doi:10.1029/2007JD008724).
  5. A. Lambert, R. Grainger, C. Rodgers, F. Taylor, J. Mergenthaler, J. Kumer, and S. Massie. Global evolution of the Mt Pinatubo volcanic aerosols observed by the infrared limb-sounding instruments CLAES and ISAMS on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 102(D1):1495-1512, 1997. (doi:10.1029/96JD00096).
  6. A. Lambert, R. Grainger, J. Remedios, W. Reburn, C. Rodgers, F. Taylor, A. Roche, J. Kumer, S. Massie, and T. Deshler. Validation of aerosol measurements from the Improved Stratospheric and Mesospheric Sounder. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 101(D6):9811-9830, 1996. (doi:10.1029/95JD01702).
  7. A. Lambert, R. Grainger, H. Rogers, W. Norton, C. Rodgers, and F. Taylor. The H2SO4 component of stratospheric aerosols derived from satellite infrared extinction measurements: Application to stratospheric transport studies. Geophysical Research Letters, 23(17):2219-2222, 1996. (doi:10.1029/96GL02074).
  8. A. Lambert, R. Grainger, J. Remedios, C. Rodgers, M. Corney, and F. Taylor. Measurements of the evolution of the Mt Pinatubo aerosol cloud by ISAMS. Geophysical Research Letters, 20(12):1287-1290, 1993. (doi:10.1029/93GL00827).