Susan Rennie

Data Assimilation Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

Susan Rennie works on the development of high-resolution Numerical Weather Prediction systems with Data Assimilation.

Her main area of expertise is Doppler radar data assimilation, including the development of automated quality control for radar observations.

Career background

  • 2006: Curtin University of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2000: Curtin University of Technology, BSc (Hons) Physics
Professional positions
  • 2007: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Meteorology, Reading University, Reading, UK.
  • 2010–present: Data Assimilation Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.

Selected publications

  • Rennie, S. J., Curtis, M., Peter, J., Seed, A. W., Steinle, P. J., & Wen, G. (2015) Bayesian echo classification for Australian single-polarization weather radar with application to assimilation of radial velocity observations. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol., 32, 1341–1355, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00206.1.
  • Rennie, S. J. (2013) Common orientation and layering of migrating insects in southeastern Australia observed with a Doppler weather radar. Meteorological Applications, Early view. DOI 10.1002/met.1378.
  • Rennie, S. J., Dance, S. L., Illingworth, A. J., Ballard S. P., Simonin, D. (2011) 3D-Var assimilation of insect-derived Doppler radar radial winds in convective cases using a high resolution model. Monthly Weather Review, 139, 1148-1163.
  • Rennie, S. J., Illingworth, A. J., Dance, S. L., Ballard, S.P. (2010) The accuracy of Doppler radar wind retrievals using insects as targets. Meteorological Applications, 17, 419-432.
  • Rennie, S., McCauley, R. D., Pattiaratchi, C., Hanson, C., Burton, C., Bannister, J., Jenner, C. & Jenner, M-N. (2009) Physical properties and processes in the Perth Canyon, Western Australia: Links to water column production and seasonal pygmy blue whale abundance, Journal of Marine Systems, 77, 21-44.
  • Rennie, S. J., Pattiaratchi, C. P. & McCauley, R. D. (2009) Numerical Simulation of the circulation within the Perth Submarine Canyon, Western Australia, Continental Shelf Research, 29 (16), 2020-2036.

Susan Rennie

  • Doppler Radar
  • Data Assimilation
  • High resolution NWP
  • Radar Quality Control
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