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Dr Fran Bragg

Dr Fran Bragg

Dr Fran Bragg
PhD, MSc, BSc, CEng MIMechE

Research Collaborator

Area of research

Understanding the Climate of the Mid-Piacenzian Warm Period

Office 1.12nb
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Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 3318352

Research summary

I am a palaeoclimate modeller with particular experience of the UK Meteorological Office Hadley Centre models HadCM3 and HadCM3L. I also have experience of vegetation reconstruction, both using the BIOME4 model and working with a pollen database. I have a range of numerical modelling experience from my previous career in aeronautical engineering. Although my own work is on the modelling side of palaeoclimate studies, I am keen to understand more of the nuances of the observational datasets we use and to develop methods to extract maximum benefit from both data and models together. I am currently working on a Past Earth ...

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Biography

I gained my BSc(Hons) in Physics from the University of Bristol in 1987 undertaking a final year project entitled "Density and Crystallinity of Poly(3-Hydroxybutyrate 3-Hydroxyvalerate) Copolymers". After graduation, I worked for 18 years for Rolls-Royce in Filton, Bristol as a compressor aerodynamicist, gaining Chartered Engineer status (CEng MIMechE) in 2001. I used CFD modelling to design cutting edge technology components for engines such as the Pegasus (Harrier jump jet) and LiftFan™ as well as supporting various other engines in the fleet and designing research compressors for next generation engines.

I returned to academia in 2007, completing an MSc ...

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Selected publications

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Recent publications

  • Valdes, PJ, Armstrong, E, Badger, MPS, Bradshaw, CD, Bragg, F, Davies-Barnard, T, Day, JJ, Farnsworth, AJ, Hopcroft, PO, Kennedy, AT, Lord, NS, Lunt, DJ, Marzocchi, A, Parry, LM, Roberts, WHG, Stone, EJ, Tourte, GJL & Williams, JHT, 2017, ‘The BRIDGE HadCM3 family of climate models: HadCM3@Bristol v1.0’. Geoscientific Model Development Discussions.
  • Valdes, PJ, Armstrong, E, Badger, MP, Bradshaw, CD, Bragg, F, Crucifix, M, Davies-Barnard, T, Day, J, Farnsworth, A, Gordon, C, Hopcroft, PO, Kennedy, AT, Lord, NS, Lunt, DJ, Marzocchi, A, Parry, LM, Pope, V, Roberts, WH, Stone, EJ, Tourte, GJ & Williams, JH, 2017, ‘The BRIDGE HadCM3 family of climate models: HadCM3@Bristol v1.0’. Geoscientific Model Development, vol 10., pp. 3715-3743

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