Susan leads the Data Assimilation @ Reading Group based at MetOffice@Reading Unit at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading. The group undertakes collaborative research and development into use of novel observations such as radar reflectivity, refractivity and ceilometers backscatter and improved data assimilation for convective-scale data assimilation and numerical weather prediction-based nowcasting and flash flood prediction.
Manager of Data Assimilation @ Reading Group .
She joined the Met Office and worked on vortex dynamics for fundamental fluid dynamics, before moving to work on the development of the formulation of the 15 km nonhydrostatic mesoscale model, particularly the dynamics and physical parametrizations, and training forecasters on the interactive mesoscale initialization.
Susan then had a short time at the Met Office/Oxford University Hooke Institute at the University of Oxford working on use of satellite data in NWP. She was promoted to lead that group before leading the Met Office group responsible for the development of the operational mesoscale NWP system, introducing first the original nonhydrostatic model and then the hydrostatic unified model for 15 km NWP forecasts over the UK.
She then worked at the JCMM at the University of Reading on development of a mixed phase microphysics scheme and led a group using mesoscale NWP in field study campaigns to validate and improve the model formulation, as well as to understand mesoscale processes.
Susan then lead the final development of the Met Office operational global 3D and then 4D-variational data assimilation schemes, and the development of the linear model for use in 4D-variational data assimilation.
In 2003 Susan returned to JCMM to lead the development of the convective scale data assimilation and nowcasting systems and exploitation of novel remote sensing data such as radar. In 2010 JCMM merged with Met Office climate science staff at University of Reading to become MetOffice@Reading.
Since 2003 Susan has been Met Office supervisor to three CASE students at the University of Reading, working on radar refractivity data and ensemble techniques for data assimilation. Susan has also collaborated with the University of Reading
FREE project on use of radar insect radial Doppler winds and refractivity data, the University of Reading
NCEO data assimilation staff on ensemble methods and derivation of improved background error covariance, with UK universities funded by
COPE projects and with
BMRC on radar data assimilation.
Susan led the development of the Nowcasting Demonstration Project was run in real-time from March 2012 til April 2013 using hourly cycling 4DVAR plus 6 hour forecasts at 1.5km resolution over Southern England and Wales.
Last updated: 27 March 2015