Eric Kelsey

Research Professor

BS, University of Missouri; MS,SUNY – Albany; PhD, University of New Hampshire

Office: Boyd Science Center Rm 311, MSC 48
Phone: (603) 535-2271

Originally from Nashua, New Hampshire, Dr. Kelsey ventured west into tornado alley to study atmospheric science as an undergraduate.  While studying in Missouri, he worked part-time as an on-air weather forecaster for the NBC-affiliate KOMU. He earned his Masters degree by studying the synoptic-dynamic environment that led to events associated with evolution of Super Typhoon Dale (1996), including its post-tropical phase. He returned to New Hampshire for his PhD where he merged his passion for the weather with climate change. He developed a novel ice core calibration procedure for identifying the seasonal atmospheric circulation patterns that produce climate signals in ice cores from Yukon, Canada and studied large scale sea-level pressure and temperature variability. In 2008, he was a part of a team that traversed glaciers in Denali National Park taking snow and shallow firn core samples to determine a suitable location to drill a surface to bedrock ice core.

His current research interests include a broad range of temporal and spatial scales and interdisciplinary applications: boundary layer processes, multi-scale interactions of the atmosphere with energy and water cycling by forest ecosystems, cold pool formation in mountain valleys, snowpack variability in the White Mountains, and custom-built Arduino-based sensing platforms. Dr. Kelsey is an active member of the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest Committee of Scientists and American Meteorological Society.

Selected publications

Murray, G.L.D., A.M. Colgan, S.J. Nelson, E.P. Kelsey, and K.D. Kimball, in press: Climate trends on the highest peak of the Northeast: Mount Washington, NH. Northeast Naturalist.

Neugent, K., K.F. Bush, E.P. Kelsey, M. Cahillane, E. Laflamme, 2020: Overview of Injuries Associated with Extreme Weather Events in New Hampshire, U.S., 2001–2009. Atmosphere11, 3, 281.

Kelsey, E.P., M.D. Cann, K. Lupo, and L.J. Haddad, 2019: Synoptic to Microscale Processes Affecting the Evolution of a Cold-Air Pool in a Northern New England Forested Mountain Valley. J. of Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 58, 1309-1324,

Kelsey E., M. Cann, K. Lupo, L. Haddad. 2019: Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest: Nocturnal Cold-Air Pool Study, 2015. Environmental Data Initiative.

Kelsey, E.P., A. Bailey, and G.L.D. Murray, 2018: The impact of Mount Washington on the height of the boundary layer and the vertical structure of temperature and moisture. Atmosphere, 9, 8, 293.

Kelsey, E.P., A. Bailey, and G.L.D. Murray, 2017: The impact of Mount Washington on the vertical structure of temperature and moisture and the height of the boundary layer. Extended Abstract, International Conference on Alpine Meteorology, Reykjavik, Iceland, 19-23 June 2017.

Strachan, S., E.P. Kelsey, R.F. Brown, S. Dascalu, F. Harris, G. Kent, B. Lyles, G. McCurdy, D. Slater, and K. Smith, 2016: Critical roles of gradients, instrument siting, and modern technologies for mountain climate observatories. Mountain Research and Development, 36, 518-527.

Green, M.B., B.K. Laursen, J.L. Campbell, K.J. McGuire, and E.P. Kelsey, 2015: Stable water isotopes suggest sub-canopy water recycling in a northern forested catchment. Hydrological Processes. doi:10.1002/hyp.10706. 

Kelsey, E.P., C.-M. Briedé, K. O’Brien, M. Cann, T. Padham, L. Davis, and A. Carne, 2015: Blown away: Interns experience science, research, and life on top of Mount Washington. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96, 1533-1543.

Jones, K.F., G. Thompson, K.J. Claffey, and E.P. Kelsey, 2014: Gamma distribution parameters for cloud drop distributions from multicylinder measurements. J. Appl. Meteor. and Climatol., 53, 1606-1617.