Susan Allen

Mesoscale Dynamics of Ocean and Atmosphere
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of British Columbia
Office: Copp 3209

Phone: 604-822-2828


Research area(s):

  • Biological oceanography
  • Ocean modelling
  • Physical oceanography

Area of Expertise:

Dr. Susan Allen is a physical oceanographer with skills in fluid mechanics including scaling, analytics, laboratory and numerical modeling.  Her areas of application include coastal oceanography, mesoscale meteorology and biogeochemical-physical interactions in the ocean.

Some of her largest scholarly contributions have been to 1) understanding flow over and around topography and particularly canyons, and the resulting impacts on cross-shelf exchange. She has also made significant contributions to 2) biological-physical interactions and in particular the impact of surface processes on the timing of the phytoplankton spring bloom and 3) in collaboration with D. Steyn, she has contributed to the study of atmosphere buoyancy driven flows in the mountains. 4) Lastly, she works in an interdisciplinary oceanography group within the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences. As a community member she has contributed in a number of fields, usually applying her modelling or analytic skills.

Since Fall 2013 she has been working on a short-term forecast model for the Salish Sea as part of the Marine Environment Observation, Predication and Response Network of Centres of Excellence.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Moore-Maley, Ben; Do, Vicky; Allen, Susan; Ianson, Debby; ” Wind-driven upwelling in the northern Strait of Georgia” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 326.

Olson, Elise and Allen, Susan E., “Salish Sea model ecosystem – lower trophic: episodic nutrient supply in the northern Strait of Georgia” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 309.

Soontiens N, Allen S.E, Latornell D, Le Souef K, Machuca I, Paquin J-P, Lu Y, Thompson K, Korabel V. 2016. Storm Surges in the Strait of Georgia Simulated with a Regional Model. ATMOSPHERE-OCEAN. 54:1-21.

A Wolfe M, Allen S.E, Hodal M, Pawlowicz R, Hunt BPV, Tommasi D. 2015. Impact of advection loss due to wind and estuarine circulation on the timing of the spring phytoplankton bloom in a fjord. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil. :fsv151.

Snauffer EL, Masson D, Allen S.E. 2014. Modelling the dispersal of herring and hake larvae in the Strait of Georgia for the period 2007-2009. FISHERIES OCEANOGRAPHY. 23:375-388.

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