About me

As anyone could have guessed from the domain-name, yes my name is Susanna Hagelin, Dr. Susanna Hagelin. The title is still new enough that I like to put it in front of my name at every opportunity I get. However, I'm the useless kind of doctor, as a friend of mind so eloquently explained the difference between a medical doctor and a doctor of philosophy. Let me be clear on one point though, I don't consider neither myself nor my education useless. The world needs all kinds of people.

I grew up in Göteborg, on the west coast of Sweden. Since then I've always liked the sea and the cry of seagulls, unless it's stupid o'clock in the morning. When I was little I wanted to be a paleontologists when I grew up. What could be more fun than to discover new species and reconstruct the past and trying to understand what things were like back then, so long ago? I regret to inform my younger self that this has not come to pass. The spirit of curiosity lead me on to a different path, the path to answer questions like why is the sky blue? and where do clouds come from?
(Short answers: Rayleigh scattering and aerosols.)

So I went to the University of Uppsala to find the answer of both these questions, and many other things as well. Four years later I graduated with a Master of Science in Physics, with a thesis concerning the influence of cold sea water on the fluxes between the ocean and the atmosphere (here it is).

Having enjoyed life in Uppsala, it was time for the next adventure. A PhD, but why stay in Uppsala when you have the chance to do it in Florence, in Italy? So off I went for three and half years, studying the use of numerical weather forecasting for astronomers. For full details I refer the honourable web-surfer to the actual thesis, click here

Since then I continued my wanderings across Europe and for 2.5 years I did a Post-doc at Métép-France in Toulouse for DPrévi-PI and CNRM/GMAP. This was France after all so one must use all available acronyms. I spent two years mainly worked on veryfing he ability of high-resolution version of the AROME model which is ment to one day be used as input data for a LES model to forecast the wake vortices at Paris - CDG airport. I spent the last 6 months mostly working on the verification of the precipitation forecasts from a time-lagged ensemble of the AROME NWC (AROME Nowcasting).

Now, I work for the Met Office in Exeter, in the United Kingdom. Now I finally have a permanent position working in research and development. My job at the moment focuses investigating the use of the new dynamic core in the UK ensemble forecasting system, MOGREPS-UK. Other tasks, in the near future, is how to improve the forecasts from MOGREPS-UK for when the new shiny HPC comes. It's going to be a more powerful computer than the present one, but still with finite resources, so how can they best be used? I've been here for almost a year now and really like it so far. The food was better at Météo-France, though.