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Dr Fran Bragg

Dr Fran Bragg

Dr Fran Bragg
PhD(Bristol), MSc(Bristol), BSc(Bristol), CEng MIMechE

Research Associate
Research Collaborator

Area of research

Palaeoclimate modeller

Office 1.12nb
University Road,
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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After graduating in physics from the University of Bristol, I worked for 18 years for Rolls-Royce plc in Bristol as a fan and compressor aerodynamicist, responsible for using a range of complex computational fluid dynamic codes to analyse the aerodynamic performance of components and produce new designs. As well as developing computational modelling skills during this time, I also learned to communicate across the different technical and business disciplines involved in producing a new engine and to value all of the specialists working together and not fighting each other to deliver the best product.

I returned to academia in 2007 ...

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Selected publications

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Recent publications

  • 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
  • Marinova, E, Harrison, SP, Bragg, F, Connor, S, Laet, Vd, Leroy, SA, Mudie, P, Atanassova, J, Bozilova, E, Caner, H, Cordova, C, Djamali, M, Filipova-Marinova, M, Gerasimenko, N, Jahns, S, Kouli, K, Kotthoff, U, Kvavadze, E, Lazarova, M, Novenko, E, Ramezani, E, Röpke, A, Shumilovskikh, L, Tanţǎu, I & Tonkov, S, 2017, ‘Pollen-derived biomes in the Eastern Mediterranean–Black Sea–Caspian-Corridor’. Journal of Biogeography., pp. n/a-n/a

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