Dann Mitchell (Professor in Atmospheric Science, and Head of Group)
I joined the University of Bristol faculty following 4 years of postdoctoral research in Oxford’s Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics department. I was recently appointed as the Joint Met Office Chair in climate change and impacts at The University of Bristol. My research interests are around climate extremes and impacts. Ranging from the circulation patterns that lead to extreme weather, to the health hazards from, e.g. heatwaves, or hurricanes. I also like to dabble in the atmospheres of other planets, especially Mars.
I joined the Climate Dynamics Group at Bristol after finishing a PhD in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate at Reading University in 2017. My research interests include climate change, climate extremes and their impacts, in the context of the Paris Agreement and other global warming scenarios. In particular, my expertise lies in associating extreme heat with its impacts on human health. I am also a keen climate science communicator.
I joined the Climate Dynamics Group in May 2021. Previously I worked for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and prior to that the Met Office Hadley Centre. I research the emergence of climate extremes in models, focussing on human health related extremes such as temperature and humidity related events.
I joined the University of Bristol in September 2021. My current research is focused on combined windstorm and flood risk across Europe, in a present and future climate. I spent the last eight years working at the University of Reading studying the impacts of climate variability and climate change on national-level power systems including Europe, Mexico, India, and multiple regions of Africa. A key outcome of my work has been to improve the accessibility of large meteorological datasets to non-specialists within the energy, insurance, and financial sectors. I am passionate about science communication, particularly in engaging the general public in climate science.
PhD & MScR Students
I first arrived in the Geography Department at the University of Bristol in 2018 to begin a new adventure as a PhD student. I completed my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Ulster University. Currently, my research involves learning about the changes in extratropical cyclones and their impacts under climate change focusing on the North Atlantic and western Europe. Additionally, I am conducting research into climate model resolution. I am exploring what the role increasing vertical resolution in the stratosphere has on the reliability of extreme event attribution statements.
I joined the group after completing my undergraduate and masters in mathematics at Oxford. My research focuses on understanding the driving mechanisms of polar vortices in extreme climates, using Mars’ annular polar vortex as a primary example. I use the modelling framework Isca to explore the impact of changing planetary parameters and radiative forcing on polar vortices, and I am also using Martian reanalysis data to explore the variability in the vortex.
I am currently studying for a PhD which draws together ideas from the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change Science. Last year I undertook a Master’s by research project where I investigated the future impacts of hurricane rainfall on the Caribbean and found that as extreme hurricane rainfall events will be less likely if global temperatures are stabilised at 1.5°C compared to 2°C above preindustrial levels. I am currently looking at using machine learning to estimate heat-related mortality in countries with sparse data.
I’m a PhD student in Interactive Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bristol. I have spent time in both academia and industry, including degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and working for many years as a software developer. I joined the group for my PhD as I am interested in applying AI to climate science. I’m currently looking at ways of using machine learning to produce high-resolution precipitation projections more cheaply and ensuring the work benefits producers and consumers of projection datasets.
I joined the Climate Dynamics Group as a PhD student, whilst working at the UK Met Office as a Climate Scientist in the Climate Detection and Attribution team. My main research interests are focussed on climate change extremes, in particular extreme precipitation changes over the UK and the translation of these into Flooding Impacts. I am also interested in changes in weather patterns over the European region and their implications for different weather hazards.
I joined the Climate Dynamics Group at the University of Bristol in September 2021 as a MScR student, having graduated from Loughborough University with an undergraduate degree in Geography. My research project focuses on extreme heat events in Africa, seeking to quantify and provide robust evidence of recent changes to heatwaves and its drivers. Additionally, it will look to project changes to temperature extremes during the 21st century. I also have a wider interest in climate change science communication and public engagement.
I joined the group as a research assistant in October 2021, having recently finished my undergraduate masters in Physics at Oxford. For my final year project, I worked on extreme event attribution using ensembles of seasonal reforecasts, specifically looking at the 2003 heatwave over Europe. At Bristol I will continue to work with large ensemble model runs, and will be extending my masters research towards other extreme weather events.
I am a Project Support Officer within the School of Geographical Sciences working on multiple research grants. This is a varied role within project management which includes assisting with finances, grants submissions, workshops, project reports, coordinating meetings and generally supporting the Principal Investigators.
I joined The School of Geographical Sciences in late 2017 and have a background in NHS Research Governance and was Research Coordinator of The Children’s Burns Research Centre at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children for 5 years.
I am the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) Project Manager located within the School of Geographical Sciences. The theme of the MOAP is “Weather and Climate Science for Decision Making”. This is a varied role, which involves not only managing the administrative aspects of the collaboration but includes working alongside the MOAP Joint Chair and Research Advisory Panel to identify potential research opportunities between the University and the Met Office and see these through to development. I am a key point of contact for internal and external researchers, collaborators, funders and support staff.
I joined the School of Geographical Sciences in 2006 after completing an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences at Oxford and Masters in Applied Meteorology at Reading University. After completing my PhD in 2010 on Greenland ice sheet climate – ice – vegetation feedbacks I worked for 8 years as a Research Associate and Senior Research Associate on a number of collaborative European and UK-based research projects focussing on the climate of past warm periods in Earth history.
I joined the University of Bristol in January 2020 following two years of postdoctoral research at the University of Lincoln. My research interests focus on stratospheric variability, stratosphere-troposphere coupling and stratospheric links with extreme weather events. I am also interested in seasonal forecasting within the European/Atlantic region and factors that may result in predictable shifts of the North Atlantic jet stream.
I joined the Climate Dynamics Group for 6 months in 2021 to study polar vortices in exoplanet atmospheres. Previously I worked at the University of Chicago, and received my PhD from the University of Oxford. I study the atmospheres of exoplanets, in particular the circulation of novel planetary archetypes such as tidally locked planets. This has included the observable features of the planet 55 Cancri e, and the mechanism by which an observable hot-spot shift forms on such planets. I am interested in developing predictive theoretical models that can be tested with real observations.
My main research interests relate to how global and regional climates respond to changes in forcings over different time scales, and the potential impacts of these changes. Most recently, my interests have focussed on how extreme heat stress events in different regions may change in the future, and the implications for society. I’m also interested in climatic changes occurring over much longer timescales in response to orbital and atmospheric carbon dioxide forcing. I was with the University of Bristol for 8 years, having also completed a PhD there.
I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, and was a research fellow in the Climate Dynamics Group from 2018-2020.
I am interested in understanding the large-scale dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans of Earth (and sometimes other planets too) in order to make better predictions of future weather and climate. I use a combination of idealised models, comprehensive general circulation models, and observational data. Current particular interests include polar vortex dynamics on Earth and Mars, jet stream and Hadley cell variability, stratospheric ozone depletion, and atmosphere-ocean interactions.
My PhD with The University of Bristol was around researching impacts of extreme weather events and flooding under different climate change scenarios. My focus is on flood risk in the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers in India and Bangladesh. My background is in climate modelling, previously working at the University of Oxford and CSIRO in Australia. I am interested in impacts modelling – using climate projections to drive hydrological and flood inundation models for flood risk and impacts.
I have just completed my undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Bristol where I undertook a range of units focusing on climate change and the associated impacts. My dissertation involved the analysis of CMIP6 data to assess the future projections of fire activity across Australia as well as evaluating the influence of temperature and precipitation on such events. I am very pleased to now be working on a research project with the university. My particular interests include investigating the impacts of climate change, especially in less developed countries where there is evidently an urgent need for action.