Birgit Suetzl

Scientist: high-resolution Earth-system modelling
Research Department, Earth System Modelling Section, Coupled Processes Group


Birgit works on land surface and atmosphere interactions in the Coupled Processes group. She specialises on drag processes and modelling of orography/forests/urban areas. Her work focuses on high-resolution modelling for the Destination Earth initiative.

Professional interests:
  • high-resolution weather and climate simulations
  • drag processes and transport in the atmospheric boundary layer
  • urban modelling on sub-kilometre to kilometre scale
  • surface heterogeneity (datasets and model representation)
  • applications of urban climate research, e.g., heat mitigation measures for cities
Career background:
  • Scientist, Research Department, ECMWF, Bonn, Germany. 2022-present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. 2021-2022
  • Visiting Researcher, Met Office, United Kingdom. 7-8/2019
  • Visiting Researcher, ZAMG, Austria. 7-8/2015
  • PhD at Imperial College London, United Kingdom. 2017-2021 Thesis on distributed drag parameterization for urban environments
  • MRes in Mathematics of Planet Earth, Imperial College London and University of Reading, United Kingdom. 2016-2017
  • MSc in Applied Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 2015-2016
  • BSc in Mathematics, Technische Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria. 2009-2012