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Dr Dann Mitchell

Dr Dann Mitchell

Dr Dann Mitchell
MPhys(Leic.), PhD(R'dg)

NERC Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer

Office G.10Bn
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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My research focus is concerned with global and regional climate change on scales of 100 years in the past, to 100 years in the future. Specifically, I research how climate change alters the atmospheric circulation, extreme events, and impacts on human health. I look at attribution of past climate trends and extreme events, and projected changes under future greenhouse gas emission scenarios. My particular focus at the moment is on how low emission scenarios, consistent with the aims of the Paris Agreement on climate change, may impact society through changes in health (heat waves, cold snaps).


Focused research topics include:

  1. Stratospheric dynamics (mainly the polar vortex)
  2. Mid-latitude dynamics and the relationship to extreme weather.
  3. Temperature related health issues.
  4. Attribution of past climate, and projections of future climate.
  5. Extreme value statistics.
  6. Planetary atmospheres in the solar system.


I completed my PhD at Reading University in stratospheric dynamics in 2011, where my thesis was title 'Extreme variability of the stratospheric polar vortex'. I subsequently spent 5 years as a postdoc at Oxford University in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) department, and the Environmental Change Institute. I have now been awarded an Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) from NERC, the purpose of which is to study the link between the stratosphere and extreme weather at the surface. I am also a Lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences.


I coordinate the HAPPI project ( aimed at looking at climate impacts following the Paris Agreement on climate change, which involves 8 international modeling teams, and over 50 impact modelers. Together with Oxford, IIT and UEA we form an editorial team for the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A special issue on the Paris Agreement. 

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