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Dr Richard Hall


Research summary

My research focuses on stratospheric dynamics, in particular Sudden Stratospheric Warmings (SSW) in the Northern Hemisphere winter, which can have significant impacts on surface weather for a number of weeks after onset, and have been linked to extreme weather events, such as the recent “Beast from the East” in 2018. I am working on the NERC-funded PEGASUS project, in collaboration with UCL and the University of Bath, which seeks to understand drivers of SSW events. We use state-of-the-art reanalysis data, the latest generation of CMIP6 model outputs and idealised climate models to more fully understand the processes involved.

I also have interests in North Atlantic atmospheric variability and the teleconnections that influence this, and seasonal forecasting. 



I am a Research Associate in the Climate Dynamics group, a part of the Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment (BRIDGE). I started work at Bristol in January 2020. From 2017 to 2019 I worked as a research assistant at the University of Lincoln and was also involved in teaching undergraduate students. I gained my PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2016, studying North Atlantic jetstream variability and predictability. Prior to this I gained my MSc in Polar and Alpine Change, also at the University of Sheffield, with a dissertation focussing on decadal sea-ice variability in Baffin Bay.