Model setup finished

.bat-fil for start-up of my latest four Mike21-files.

.bat-fil for start-up of my latest four Mike21-files.

Today I have finished my model setup for the next four models – Whoa! I am feel released for all forms of stress right now. Tonight I will celebrate by doing nothing and enjoy a cup of tea together with my parents at their place.
When the model simulations are finished, in three or four days, I will spends some time to gather the results. I am looking forward to see what they can tell me. In the meanwhile I will try out another model setup I have been thinking of, start to teach my new student group in hydrology and hydraulics (introductory course) and hopefully give a seminar to my colleagues at the department.

Winter meeting and career thoughts

Yesterday and today I have been to ClimBEco winter meeting in Lund. We startet with three nice presentations from PhD students in the research school, then a whole afternoon where climate negotiations were in focus and today half a day with career discussions. For me the career discussions were probably the best part, as I am going to start in ClimBEco’s mentor programme tomorrow morning. A half-day with career discussions gave me some fresh thoughts about what I want to do later on, after my PhD.

There are a few things I really like. I like to meet people and to discuss important issues. I am actually better when it comes to discuss thing that matter to me, even if it hurts sometimes when not everybody agree with you (how could it be?!), than to discuss simple things in everyday life. I like the intense and long discussions in a group where everyone is committed to find a solution. The more complex problem, the more exiting!

Another thing I like is writing. I love language and I try every day to get better. I want to get even better in finding the perfect words and nice expressions in Swedish. In Danish I try to develop my pronunciation and in English I spend a lot of time to expand and enrich my vocabulary. But I also like another side of the writing: to form a text. This basically means to scape your ideas and to find the essence of them. It is a hard work, but the process is wonderful to me.

I also like to speak in front of groups, to teach and to see others learn from me. I wish to evolve this skill more in the future, as I in my last course teaching in higher education, was given good tools for how to think about my own teaching. I have promised myself to more often give lectures, seminars, etc.. By giving lectures or seminars, you force yourself to clarify your own ideas about your research or your subject, and you get more used to talk in front of others. Moreover I would like to explore different kinds of teaching, for students, stakeholders, engineers, politicians, etc..

And of course – I like to analyse and find good solutions for a problem: in field by testing, through modelling in front of my computer or by discussing with clever partners and colleagues. My wish is to combine all these wishes and skills in a nice work in the future. Let us see what the future brings!

Thanks for a great 2013!

Dear colleagues and water friends,

2013 has been an great year in my professional life and it gave me a lot of new inspiration. I would like to thank you all for your contribution – interesting conferences, courses, nice discussions, and great cooperations. I share with you a few pictures from some of the best moments. Thanks to all of you!

Best wishes for 2014,
Johanna Sörensen

Paper submission

A few corrections before a late night paper submission.

A few corrections before a late night paper submission.

Today, I have submitted a nice paper for a conference I hopefully will attend next year. Hurray! It is time to spend some time off during the weekend.

Next week I will give a lecture in the course Advanced hydrology. I am looking forward to talk in front of students again as it is almost half a year since last time. I have promised to give a lecture urban hydrology. Probably I will tell them that the field have changed a lot over the last decade and how many great ideas that are being developed right not. It is a challange to tell them the whole story in only two hours. I guess, they have little knowledge about sewer systems and the different techologies from before and I would like to take them further. This will be fun!

How can cities be built in a resilient and sustainable way?

In my reaserch I am focusing on urban storm water and flooding in cities. How can cities be built in a resilient and sustainable way? Due to the uncertainty of effects of climate changes in addition to the long lifetime for storm water solutions (up to 100 years), the solutions need to be adaptable to the future scenario with a long perspective. Furthermore, how can storm water solutions be a part of sustainable city development? I will try to look in to these issues during my five years at Lund University.

If you have any question you want to discuss with me or good ideas for research, you are very welcome to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

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