Lynn Harvey

Research Scientist III


  • Phone: 303-492-2920
  • Fax: 303-735-3737
  • Office: SPSC-W134


My area of expertise is large-scale stratospheric and mesospheric dynamics and transport with a focus on the winter polar vortices, planetary waves, and gravity waves. I am interested in both upward and downward vertical coupling during stratospheric warming events, Lagrangian trajectory analysis, and global teleconnections. I have published papers on data and model validation, ozone loss, polar mesospheric clouds, the diagnosis of the polar vortices in the mesosphere, stratospheric anticyclones, stratospheric warming events, elevated stratopause events, and tropospheric cold air outbreaks.


University of Wisconsin — Madison, WI
Ph.D. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Employment history

NASA Langley Research Center — Atmospheric Scientist


Project Manager for the NASA Phase 1 DRIVE Science Center: Wave-induced Atmospheric Variability Enterprise (WAVE), PI - Cora Randall

Co-Investigator on Instrument Incubator programs to measure nitric oxide via stellar occultation and to develop a dual frequency comb spectrometer for satellite atmospheric remote sensing measurements.

PI on NASA grants to study the extension of the polar vortices into the mesosphere.

Co-I on NASA grants to study vertical coupling between the stratosphere and the ionosphere.


(92) Forbes, J., X. Zhang, C. Randall, J.A. France, V.L. Harvey, J. Carstens, S. Bailey, Troposphere-Mesosphere coupling by convectively-forced gravity waves during Southern Hemisphere monsoon season as viewed by AIM/CIPS, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, doi:10.1029/2021JA029734, submitted, 2021.

(91) Pettit, J.M., C.E. Randall, E.D. Peck, & V.L. Harvey, A new MEPED-based Precipitating Electron data set, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, doi:10.1029/2021JA029667, submitted, 2021.

(90) Mlynczak, M.G., V.L. Harvey, J. Yue, L. Hunt, Global warming and Global Cooling: Warmest surface and coldest mesosphere ever?, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1002/2021GL0947522021, submitted, 2021.

(89) Becker, E., S.L. Vadas, K. Bossert, V.L. Harvey, & C. Zülicke, A high-resolution whole-atmosphere model with resolved gravity waves and specified large-scale dynamics in the troposphere and lower stratosphere, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., doi:10.1020/2021JD035018, submitted, 2021.

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2018-2020 European Geophysical Union member
1997-2021 American Geophysical Union member
1991-2021 American Meteorological Society member


Honors and awards

2021 ATOC Outstanding Service Award (Graduate Admissions)
2016 NASA Group Achievement Award, ATTREX Mission Team member
2014 NASA Group Achievement Award, SEAC4RS Mission Team member
2010 ATOC Outstanding Service Award (Seminar Series)
2006 AGU Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for JGR - Atmospheres
2003 NASA Group Achievement Award, LIMS Data Analysis Team member
2001 NASA Group Achievement Award, SOLVE Science Team member
2001 AGU Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for JGR - Atmospheres
1997 Best Student Paper - Oral Presentation, 10th Conference on the Middle Atmosphere

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